[ ad-mish-uhn ]
/ ædˈmɪʃ ən /
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Origin of admission

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Anglo-French and Latin admissiōn- (stem of admissiō ), equivalent to admiss-, past participial stem of the verb admittere admit + -iōn- -ion

synonym study for admission

1. See entrance1.


non·ad·mis·sion, nounpro·ad·mis·sion, adjectivere·ad·mis·sion, noun
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What is an admission?

An admission is entrance by permission or the removal of obstacles to entry, as in The admission of girls into the science program has been a long time coming.

Admission is also a right or permission to enter, as in Only employees have admission to the backstage area.

Admission can also be the price paid in order to enter, as at a sports or theater event.

An admission can also be a confession or acknowledgement of the truth, as when you admit that you were the one who broke your mother’s favorite dish.

Example: Just the first act of the play was worth the price of admission.

Where does admission come from?

The first records of the term admission come from the 1400s. It ultimately comes from the Latin admissiō.

Admission can be a shortening of phrases like admission cost, admission rate, or admission price. The phrase price of admission is often used figuratively to refer to a small annoyance or task that comes with a job, event, or activity. Sometimes this will even be applied to people, as in Dealing with her cats is the price of admission to hang out with her.

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What are some other forms related to admission?

  • nonadmission (noun)
  • proadmission (adjective)
  • readmission (noun)

What are some synonyms for admission?

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How is admission used in real life?

In terms of guilt, admission is normally used in a legal context, while in terms of entrance, admission is normally used in reference to a paid ticket or acceptance to a program.

Try using admission!

Which of the following is NOT a synonym for admission?

A. confession
B. denial
C. acknowledgement
D. disclosure

How to use admission in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for admission

/ (ədˈmɪʃən) /

permission to enter or the right, authority, etc, to enter
the price charged for entrance
acceptance for a position, office, etc
a confession, as of a crime, mistake, etc
an acknowledgment of the truth or validity of something

Derived forms of admission

admissive, adjective

Word Origin for admission

C15: from Latin admissiōn-, from admittere to admit
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