ad·​mit·​ted·​ly | \ əd-ˈmi-təd-lē How to pronounce admittedly (audio) , 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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However, her technique is admittedly a little rough. Marci Robin, Allure, "Nina Dobrev Revealed the Drugstore Skin-Care Products She Uses Every Day, and They’re Just $7," 10 Apr. 2019 Fabio Grosso's celebration following his goal against Germany in the semi final of 2006 was admittedly made all the better by the quality of the goal itself., "7 of the Best Celebrations in World Cup History," 31 May 2018 Some films, admittedly, are simply made for the big screen. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cannes vs. Netflix: Why Everyone Lost With the Festival's Ban," 23 May 2018 The president is admittedly just making things up in meetings with world leaders to mess with them and feel a rush of power. Jack Holmes, Esquire, "Trump's Batshit Conversation with Trudeau Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg," 15 Mar. 2018 So now, the idea is that Prescott will be able to play the position more efficiently, with a more balanced group that, admittedly, doesn’t have a weapon that’ll make a defensive coordinator stay up on Saturday night. Albert Breer,, "Great Expectations Across the NFL: 10 Teams, Coaches and Players (Plus a Broadcaster) Staring Down a Huge 2018," 31 May 2018 The huge, 25-foot-long white shed would have — admittedly — been tough to hide. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Men stole huge, 25-foot shed — and got caught dragging it down a road, Maine cops say | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 But Hess, admittedly not having any of his stuff working, retired three straight batters. Brody Miller,, "How LSU baseball pulled off its 6-run comeback to beat Alabama," 11 May 2018 For someone like former stylist JoJo Cohen Fleiss, who admittedly has a knack for acquiring investment pieces, holding on to her designer wares allows them to become family heirlooms. Alisa Wolfson, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Fashion Items You Can Actually Make Money On," 12 Feb. 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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The first known use of admittedly was in 1771

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a strong desire or propensity

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