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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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 At the time, short hair wasn't popular in the Korean-girl-group world, so Young was admittedly scared. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How Beauty Keeps Tiffany Young True to Her K-Pop Roots," 9 Nov. 2018 Why this matters: Intel and Micron's 3D Xpoint technology was hailed as a breakthrough when announced but has admittedly been fighting an uphill battle on its higher cost per GB. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel's 905P Optane reaches a tempting 1.5TB, but drive prices remain high," 21 Sep. 2018 Thus far, she's not had major issues transitioning from baseball to softball defensively, but admittedly the hitting is a little different. Scott Springer,, "CNE lefty Olivia Bricker returns to MLB Breakthrough Series for girls," 6 June 2018 Your job is to remain patient and calm – which is admittedly easier said than done – and turn to one or more of the following tips to get you through it: Distract and redirect. Kathleen Dexter, M.s.w., miamiherald, "Here's how to diffuse your child's temper tantrums | Miami Herald," 26 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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to make faulty or ineffective

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