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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The emotional depths here far outweigh Jed's earlier week 4 date and his cringeworthy admission. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Tyler Cameron Just Became The Bachelorette’s Front-Runner — Here's How," 6 June 2019 But the reputation that Synenberg has amassed over a nearly four-decade legal career, as well as his quick admission on Tuesday to sending the letter, could ultimately spare his license, the experts said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Legal experts stunned by attorney Roger Synenberg’s ‘astonishingly terrible judgment’ in sending anonymous letter calling Cuyahoga County auditor a ‘snitch’," 5 June 2019 Rogers was the surprise closing act of the mega-brand’s experimental, three-day immersive theatrical performance; by her own admission, the gig was a little bit out of her wheelhouse. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Maggie Rogers’s Personal Style Is a Mix of a “Space Cowgirl and San Francisco Art Teacher”—She Tells Us Why," 18 Mar. 2019 Afghanistan will host Ireland in the northern Indian city of Dehradun for three Twenty20 and five one-day internationals before a five-day test match — only the second for both countries since their admission to cricket’s elite. Rizwan Ali, The Seattle Times, "Afghanistan set to “host” 1st home test in India vs Ireland," 19 Feb. 2019 Rather than endure a humiliating climb-down that would involve admission of cheating and the destruction of the new missiles, Putin is blustering new threats. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As a Key Arms-Control Treaty Is Set to Die, Russia Threatens to Target U.S. with New Nukes," 20 Feb. 2019 Doing so might be construed as an admission of wrongdoing, prompting even more lawsuits than already exist. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in its baby powder for decades," 14 Dec. 2018 The new Amazon 4-star store is an admission of past missteps but also a worthy experiment. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: With the SEC off his back, Elon Musk can return his focus to Tesla," 1 Oct. 2018 As Ars has reported before, the retractions, corrections, and today's resignation all stem from Wansink’s own admission of statistical scavenging to find meaningful conclusions in otherwise messy dieting data. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Big nutrition research scandal sees 6 more retractions, purging popular diet tips," 20 Sep. 2018

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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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