ad·​mit·​ted·​ly | \ əd-ˈmi-təd-lē, ad-\

Definition of admittedly 

1 : as has been or must be admitted an admittedly inadequate treatment
2 : it must be admitted admittedly, we took a chance

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Examples of admittedly in a Sentence

admittedly, I should not have lost my temper like that

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This is admittedly a low bar, something Mr. Duperreault acknowledged. Aaron Back, WSJ, "AIG CFO Gets Axed, but News Isn’t Bad," 5 Dec. 2018 Though a good primer, there admittedly aren’t a ton of revelations for stans like us (What’s that? Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Last Two Weeks in Timothée Chalamet, November 30 Edition," 30 Nov. 2018 However, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), this only happens in about 1 out of 1,000 people with IUDs, based on all the available data (of which there admittedly isn’t a ton). Korin Miller, SELF, "The Truth About Getting Pregnant When You Have an IUD," 27 Dec. 2018 But that's where the staid family traditions end because the Windsors like a gift with an admittedly silly tone. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Meghan Markle Can Expect From the Annual Royal Family Gift Exchange," 15 Dec. 2018 Underpayment of property taxes isn’t even a crime in Michigan, although that’s admittedly small comfort to those who have had their home, business or land seized and sold over a debt smaller than the price of a movie ticket. Christina Martin, WSJ, "For $8.41 in Unpaid Taxes, the Government Took Uri Rafaeli’s House," 7 Dec. 2018 They are allowed to police speech on their platforms that violates their terms of service, though both companies, admittedly, often make missteps on that front. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Rudy Giuliani’s bizarre Twitter conspiracy theory, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 Related Stories There's precedent for this (admittedly ballsy) act, which Microsoft should remember well, having been on the receiving end of it. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google Chrome Is Poised to Swallow the Whole Internet," 4 Dec. 2018 Everyone assumed that Eleanor and (admittedly smokin’ hot) Raymond were having an affair, because heaven forbid a miserable, homesick girl enjoy a visit with her uncle. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Eleanor of Aquitaine," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of admittedly

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for admittedly

admitted "received as true or valid" (from past participle of admit entry 1) + -ly entry 2

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