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 Queen Mother’s gray marble bathroom complex alone is worth the price of admission. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Attends Serdar Gülgün’s Opulent Ottoman Ball in Istanbul," 4 Feb. 2019 But even then there was a Cy Young season from Felix Hernandez, who was worth the price of admission regardless of record. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Pitchers and catchers reporting in a month brings little sunshine for Mariners fans," 13 Jan. 2019 The Sassongher is a six-hour hike that is at some points steep and strenuous, but the views at the summit are worth the cost of admission and then some. Kelly Hushin, Town & Country, "How to Explore the Hidden Gems of Italy's Dolomite Region," 28 Sep. 2018 Its short length is well worth the price of admission. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Gnog Review: Short and sweet puzzle unboxing," 12 Aug. 2018 Learning unteachable virtues, such as patience, that aren’t really a choice but rather the price of admission for this level of proximity to wild animals. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 Juan Carlos Espinosa, dean of the FIU Honors College, said more than 2,300 students are enrolled in the program and are required to apply for admission. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Jorge and Darlene Pérez donate $1 million to FIU Honors College," 13 July 2018 But what the statistics can't show is how perceptions shape who applies for admission. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retro UW-Madison delivery van hits road with myth-busting facts, Babcock ice cream," 13 July 2018 Should every new arrival be checked, with skin and gut swabs and lab tests, as part of hospital admission? Screening won’t be a perfect defense, because clinical microbiology is struggling with this bug. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 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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