admission

noun
ad·​mis·​sion | \ əd-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce admission (audio) , ad-\
plural admissions

Definition of admission

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
3a : 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

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Other Words from admission

admissive \ -​ˈmi-​siv How to pronounce admissive (audio) \ adjective

Examples of admission in a Sentence

the admission of evidence in a court of law His statement was interpreted as an admission of failure. They opposed the admission of women into the club. Her injuries were serious enough to require hospital admission. a large number of hospital admissions The school's standards of admission are high. He submitted an application for admission to the school.
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Lori Loughlin’s daughters celebrated Independence Day together amid their parent’s ongoing legal battle in the college admissions scandal. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Olivia Jade Attends Fourth of July Party with Her Sister Isabella Rose Amid Admissions Scandal," 6 July 2019 In the college admissions scandal, for example, prosecutors said offers of acceptance to universities were misused. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Why the ‘Bridgegate’ Scandal Could Backfire on Prosecutors," 3 July 2019 During the recent college admissions scandal, People magazine reported that actress Lori Loughlin — who paid half a million dollars to get her daughters into USC — couldn’t understand all the fuss. Paul Gleason, latimes.com, "These insufferable parents will do anything to get their kids into 'The Gifted School'," 3 July 2019 Since the nationwide admissions scandal broke in March, a... Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "A Core of the College Admissions Scandal Was Built at Elite Florida Sports Academy," 1 July 2019 Herman resigned as University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chancellor in October 2009, in the wake of an admissions scandal that allowed politically connected applicants to get into the school over more qualified candidates. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "13 costly personnel changes at Illinois public colleges," 1 July 2019 Pro tip: Purchase your admission pass online in advance to help cut your wait time in line at the entrance station. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly Grand Canyon: Here are the 6 best activities for families at the South Rim," 26 June 2019 He has not been charged in the college admissions scandal. Mark Morales, CNN, "Insurance executive pleads guilty in college admissions scandal," 21 June 2019 Around the bay • College admissions scandal: The ex-Stanford sailing coach who admitted to accepting $610,000 in bribes faced three years in prison, but was sentenced to one day — deemed already served. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: ‘Blind’ justice in SF — via machine learning?," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of admission

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for admission

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

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admission

noun

English Language Learners Definition of admission

: 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

noun
ad·​mis·​sion | \ əd-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce admission (audio) \

Kids Definition of admission

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.

admission

noun
ad·​mis·​sion | \ əd-ˈmi-shən, ad- How to pronounce admission (audio) \

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. Schussheim, The Washington Post, 20 Apr. 1988

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admission

noun
ad·​mis·​sion

Legal Definition of admission

1 : the act or process of admitting admission into evidence
2a : 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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