[in-uh d-mis-uh-buh l]


not admissible; not allowable: Such evidence would be inadmissible in any court.

Origin of inadmissible

First recorded in 1770–80; in-3 + admissible
Related formsin·ad·mis·si·bil·i·ty, nounin·ad·mis·si·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inadmissibility

Historical Examples of inadmissibility

  • The bishops, however, were either convinced of the insufficiency or the inadmissibility of that plea.

    Life of Thomas Becket

    Henry Hart Milman

  • But, indeed, they had not time to reflect on the inadmissibility of such vague circumstances in a criminal charge.

  • He was a lawyer and knew the general inappropriateness and inadmissibility of a leading question.

    The Storm Centre

    Charles Egbert Craddock

  • The judge refused to admit the evidence, though expressing a doubt as to its inadmissibility.

  • In all these strange, concordant phenomena appears the inadmissibility of the principle that is all of man.

British Dictionary definitions for inadmissibility



not admissible or allowable
Derived Formsinadmissibility, nouninadmissibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inadmissibility



1776, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + admissible. Related: Inadmissibility.

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