ad·​mit·​ted·​ly əd-ˈmi-təd-lē How to pronounce admittedly (audio)
: as has been or must be admitted
an admittedly inadequate treatment
: it must be admitted
admittedly, we took a chance

Example Sentences

admittedly, I should not have lost my temper like that
Recent Examples on the Web This is admittedly rich advice coming from Richard, who is easily the most stubborn, closed-minded person in the movie and possibly the Greater Los Angeles area. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2023 Currently on the market for $8.95 million, a slice of design history admittedly doesn't come cheap. Kelsey Mulvey, House Beautiful, 24 Jan. 2023 The problem—admittedly, a good one to have—is that demand for the Ford Bronco has remained strong since the Jeep-esque off-roader debuted in 2021. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 22 Jan. 2023 What the movie does indict well, admittedly, are movies themselves. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 22 Jan. 2023 Overall, its appearance is admittedly quite striking and also a little futuristic. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 19 Jan. 2023 The company was still courting investment—admittedly at a fraction of its prior valuation—just a week ago. WIRED, 17 Jan. 2023 Along the frozen waters of Minnesota’s North Shore, this Lake Superior arts colony—population: 1,335—is admittedly already a popular summer destination. Sarah Zlotnick, Country Living, 12 Jan. 2023 But Drew admittedly shares that the leading ladies in their lives, Zooey Deschanel and Linda Pham, are the better cooks. Angela Belt, House Beautiful, 9 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of admittedly was in 1771

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“Admittedly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


ad·​mit·​ted·​ly -əd-lē How to pronounce admittedly (audio)
: acknowledged as true

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