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[ad-mish-uh n]
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  1. the act of allowing to enter; entrance granted by permission, by provision or existence of pecuniary means, or by the removal of obstacles: the admission of aliens into a country.
  2. right or permission to enter: granting admission to the rare books room.
  3. the price paid for entrance, as to a theater or ball park.
  4. an act or condition of being received or accepted in a position, profession, occupation, or office; appointment: admission to the bar.
  5. confession of a charge, an error, or a crime; acknowledgment: His admission of the theft solved the mystery.
  6. an acknowledgment of the truth of something.
  7. a point or statement admitted; concession.
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Origin of admission

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin admissiōn- (stem of admissiō), equivalent to admiss-, variant stem of admittere to admit + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·ad·mis·sion, nounpro·ad·mis·sion, adjectivere·ad·mis·sion, noun


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1. See entrance1. 2. access.
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  • After his admission to the bar, Mr. Chipman received him into partnership.

    Biographical Sketches

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • No, he could not—which admission did not lessen the glow on his cheek.

  • But the fact that some explanation is necessary is an admission of the fault.

  • I suddenly interrupted, thinking to surprise him into an admission.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • "And he is now waiting for admission to your majesty's presence," added they.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

British Dictionary definitions for admission


  1. permission to enter or the right, authority, etc, to enter
  2. the price charged for entrance
  3. acceptance for a position, office, etc
  4. a confession, as of a crime, mistake, etc
  5. an acknowledgment of the truth or validity of something
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Derived Formsadmissive, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Latin admissiōn-, from admittere to admit
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Word Origin and History for admission


early 15c., "acceptance, reception, approval," from Latin admissionem (nominative admissio) "a letting in," noun of action from past participle stem of admittere (see admit). Meaning "an acknowledging" is from 1530s. Sense of "a literal act of letting in" is from 1620s. As short for admission price, by 1792.

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