by acknowledgment; by one's own admission; confessedly: He was admittedly the one who had lost the documents.

Origin of admittedly

First recorded in 1795–1805 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for admittedly

Contemporary Examples of admittedly

Historical Examples of admittedly

  • Suffice it to record the fact that these relics are admittedly pre-Christian.

    The Non-Christian Cross

    John Denham Parsons

  • It was admittedly too high-powered for England; you were across the county in about a minute.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • He was admittedly a brave man, but, more than this, he had a great deal of sense.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • Admittedly, Chinese painting is governed by distinctive ideas.

    Chinese Painters

    Raphael Petrucci

  • There could be no doubt that the affair was purely and admittedly a defensive one.

British Dictionary definitions for admittedly



(sentence modifier) willingly concededadmittedly I am afraid
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Word Origin and History for admittedly

1780, from past participle of admit + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper