ad·​mis·​sion əd-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce admission (audio)
plural admissions
: an act of admitting : the fact or state of being admitted: such as
: the act of allowing something for consideration before a court
A small number of jurisdictions adhere to the position that a defendant may not complain on appeal about the admission of illegally obtained evidence … if the defendant gave testimony at trial admitting possession of that evidence.Wayne R. LaFave and Jerold H. Israel
: the right or permission to join or enter a place, a group, etc.
countries denied admission to NATO
: the act or process of accepting someone as a student at a school
To a large degree, American education is organized for those who are already the best educated, a fact notoriously borne out in the college admissions process, where colleges compete for the top students and are rated by the percentage of these they attract.Gerald Graff
: the fact of being accepted as a student at a school
Competition for admission to these pre-K schools is so extreme that private counselors are frequently retained … to guide the parents through the application process.Jonathan Kozol
: someone who is so admitted
California State University will accept no new admissions for the spring semester of 2013 … as part of a drastic cost-cutting strategy to reduce enrollment by about 16,000 students next spring, officials said Monday.Nanette Asimov
: the act or process of accepting someone into a hospital, clinic, or other treatment facility as an inpatient
The patient was unconscious upon admission to the hospital.
also : someone who is so admitted
Many new admissions are discharged after a day's examination. Hanna L. Schussheim
: a fee paid for entering a place (such as a theater or museum)
a museum that offers reduced admission for children
: the granting of an argument or position not fully proved : the act of acknowledging something asserted
: acknowledgment that a fact or statement is true
: a revealing statement
an admission of failure
admissive adjective

Example Sentences

the admission of evidence in a court of law His statement was interpreted as an admission of failure. They opposed the admission of women into the club. Her injuries were serious enough to require hospital admission. a large number of hospital admissions The school's standards of admission are high. He submitted an application for admission to the school. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Active and retired military members will also receive free admission and three additional tickets for family members on Saturday with proper identification. Josh Criswell, Chron, 21 Mar. 2023 Children aged under 11 get free admission with those age 11 to 16 gaining entrance at half price. Chicago Tribune, 21 Mar. 2023 On Tuesday afternoon, her plan was to take them to the L.A. Zoo, because the city was offering free admission to students. Sonja Sharp, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2023 All city public libraries will also remain open and the Los Angeles Zoo is offering free admission to students during the strike. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 21 Mar. 2023 Serious adverse events—blood transfusion, hospital admission, or infection—occur in about 0.5% of medication abortions. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 17 Mar. 2023 Last week it was announced that Mount Alvernia High School would close in June and students would be offered admission to Fontbonne Academy. Shirley Leung,, 17 Mar. 2023 The museum will offer free admission to the exhibition on several weekends, helped by a $1 million grant from, the company’s philanthropic arm. Dionne Searcey, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2023 The free-admission matches take place from noon to 8 p.m. daily, with DJ Brody Jenner performing at 6 p.m. Saturday and DJ Ruckus doing the honors at 6 p.m. Sunday. Ben Crandell, Sun Sentinel, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English admyssion, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin admissiōn-, admissiō "controlled mating (of animals), admittance to an interview," from admittere "to admit entry 1" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of admission was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Admission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


ad·​mis·​sion əd-ˈmish-ən How to pronounce admission (audio)
: the act of admitting
especially : an admitting of something that has not been proved
an admission of guilt
: the right or permission to enter
standards of admission to a school
: the price of entrance

Medical Definition


ad·​mis·​sion əd-ˈmi-shən, ad- How to pronounce admission (audio)
: the act or process of accepting someone into a hospital, clinic, or other treatment facility as an inpatient
The patient was unconscious upon admission to the hospital.
also : someone who is so admitted
Many new admissions are discharged after a day's examination. Hanna L. Schussheim, The Washington Post

Legal Definition


: the act or process of admitting
admission into evidence
: a party's acknowledgment that a fact or statement is true

Note: In civil cases admissions are often agreed to and offered in writing to the court before trial as a method of reducing the number of issues to be proven at trial.

: a party's prior out-of-court statement or action that is inconsistent with his or her position at trial and that tends to establish guilt compare confession, declaration against interest at declaration

Note: Under the Federal Rules of Evidence an admission is not hearsay. Silence can sometimes be construed as an admission where a person would reasonably be expected to speak up.

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