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[ad-mis-uh-buh l] /ædˈmɪs ə bəl/
that may be allowed or conceded; allowable:
an admissible plan.
capable or worthy of being admitted:
admissible evidence.
Origin of admissible
1605-15; < Latin admiss- (see admission) + -ible; or < French, formed from same elements
Related forms
admissibility, admissibleness, noun
admissibly, adverb
nonadmissibility, noun
nonadmissible, adjective
nonadmissibleness, noun
nonadmissibly, adverb
unadmissible, adjective
unadmissibleness, noun
unadmissibly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for admissibility
Historical Examples
  • The next requisite for the admissibility of a hypothesis is its sufficiency.

  • He was cheerfully helpless and sociably indifferent; ready to preside with a smile even at a discussion of his own admissibility.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • Logic is the architect of this region, and for it there is no limit to the admissibility of hypotheses.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • I shall not discuss the admissibility of these stamps into a collection, although opinion is divided.

  • If there is some question about admissibility of the charted enlargements, it is well to prepare an extra uncharted set.

    The Science of Fingerprints Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Not a little doubt had been felt by the court when deliberating upon the admissibility of the testimony of the old negro.

    The Storm Centre Charles Egbert Craddock
  • The same disposition to construe everything in favor of the faith governed the admissibility of witnesses of evil character.

  • Bob didnt know quite what was the law governing the admissibility of testimony in a case like his.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • For even those writers who maintain the admissibility of pacific blockade assert that vessels of third States cannot be seized.

  • England has adopted a simple and concise law on admissibility of testimony of handwriting experts.

    Disputed Handwriting

    Jerome B. Lavay
British Dictionary definitions for admissibility


able or deserving to be considered or allowed
deserving to be admitted or allowed to enter
(law) (esp of evidence) capable of being or bound to be admitted in a court of law
Derived Forms
admissibility, admissibleness, noun
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Word Origin and History for admissibility

1763, from admissible + -ity.



1610s, from Middle French admissible, from past participle stem of Latin admittere (see admit). Legal sense is recorded from 1849.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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