admission

noun ad·mis·sion \ əd-ˈmi-shən , ad- \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of admission

plural admissions
1 : an act of admitting : the fact or state of being admitted: such as
a : the act of allowing something for consideration before a court
  • A small number of jurisdictions adhere to the position that a defendant may not complain on appeal about the admission of illegally obtained evidence … if the defendant gave testimony at trial admitting possession of that evidence.
  • —Wayne R. LaFave and Jerold H. Israel
b : the right or permission to join or enter a place, a group, etc.
  • countries denied admission to NATO
c
(1) : the act or process of accepting someone as a student at a school
  • To a large degree, American education is organized for those who are already the best educated, a fact notoriously borne out in the college admissions process, where colleges compete for the top students and are rated by the percentage of these they attract.
  • —Gerald Graff
(2) : the fact of being accepted as a student at a school
  • Competition for admission to these pre-K schools is so extreme that private counselors are frequently retained … to guide the parents through the application process.
  • —Jonathan Kozol
(3) : someone who is so admitted
  • California State University will accept no new admissions for the spring semester of 2013 … as part of a drastic cost-cutting strategy to reduce enrollment by about 16,000 students next spring, officials said Monday.
  • —Nanette Asimov
d : the act or process of accepting someone into a hospital, clinic, or other treatment facility as an inpatient
  • The patient was unconscious upon admission to the hospital.
; also : someone who is so admitted
  • Many new admissions are discharged after a day's examination.
  • —Hanna L. Schussheim
2 : a fee paid for entering a place (such as a theater or museum)
  • a museum that offers reduced admission for children
3 a : the granting of an argument or position not fully proved : the act of acknowledging something asserted
b : acknowledgment that a fact or statement is true
c a revealing statement
  • an admission of failure

admissive

play \-ˈmi-siv\ adjective

Examples of admission in a Sentence

  1. the admission of evidence in a court of law

  2. His statement was interpreted as an admission of failure.

  3. They opposed the admission of women into the club.

  4. Her injuries were serious enough to require hospital admission.

  5. a large number of hospital admissions

  6. The school's standards of admission are high.

  7. He submitted an application for admission to the school.

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Origin and Etymology of admission

Middle English admyssion, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin admissiōn-, admissiō "controlled mating (of animals), admittance to an interview," from admittere "to 1admit" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action



ADMISSION Defined for English Language Learners

admission

Definition of admission for English Language Learners

  • : the act of admitting or allowing something

  • : a statement or action by which someone admits a weakness, fault, etc.

  • : the right or permission to enter a place


ADMISSION Defined for Kids

admission

noun ad·mis·sion \ əd-ˈmi-shən \

Definition of admission for Students

1 : acknowledgment by someone of something about him or her that has not been proved
  • an admission of guilt
2 : the right or permission to enter
  • admission to college
3 : the price of entrance Museum admission is ten dollars.

Medical Dictionary

admission

noun ad·mis·sion \ əd-ˈmi-shən, ad- \

medical Definition of admission

: the act or process of accepting someone into a hospital, clinic, or other treatment facility as an inpatient
  • The patient was unconscious upon admission to the hospital.
; also : someone who is so admitted
  • Many new admissions are discharged after a day's examination.
  • —Hanna L. SchussheimThe Washington Post20 Apr. 1988

Law Dictionary

admission

noun ad·mis·sion

legal Definition of admission

1 : the act or process of admitting
  • admission into evidence
2 a : a party's acknowledgment that a fact or statement is true
Note: In civil cases admissions are often agreed to and offered in writing to the court before trial as a method of reducing the number of issues to be proven at trial.
b : a party's prior out-of-court statement or action that is inconsistent with his or her position at trial and that tends to establish guilt — compare confession, declaration against interest at declaration
Note: Under the Federal Rules of Evidence an admission is not hearsay. Silence can sometimes be construed as an admission where a person would reasonably be expected to speak up.


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