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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Bryan Brandel was admittedly nervous joining the masses assembled at the Idaho Capitol on Saturday morning. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "‘Enough is enough’: Thousands protest for tighter gun laws at rally in Boise | Idaho Statesman," 24 Mar. 2018 One admittedly tiny study (again, science, more attention on this subject, please!) supports this notion. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "14 Benefits of Female Masturbation and Why Every Woman Should Do It," 31 Dec. 2018 In matters of the heart, Ella Mai is admittedly deep in her feelings. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Watch Ella Mai’s Five-Minute Guide to Sensitive Skin Care," 6 Feb. 2019 At first blush, a Fashion Week organized around veganism admittedly sounds a little, well . . Emily Farra, Vogue, "Vegan Fashion Week Is Coming to L.A.—And It’s About a Lot More Than Eco Leather and Faux Fur," 14 Jan. 2019 Quintana is a pro and figures to work his way back toward consistency, which admittedly sounds a little like wishful thinking. David Haugh,, "Kyle Hendricks' mastery of Giants suggests sabbatical over for 'The Professor'," 10 July 2018 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

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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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