admission


admission
admission, admittance
Like many doublets, these two words have competed with each other for several centuries (admission first recorded in Middle English, admittance in 1589) without ever establishing totally separate roles. In the meaning corresponding to admit = ‘to acknowledge or accept as true’, admission is the word to use, not admittance. Where they get in each other's way is in meanings related to ‘the action of admitting, letting in, to a place’. Admission is the dominant word of the two: it alone has a countable use (There are more admissions in the sciences this year), and it is the only one to have developed attributive uses (admission charge, fee, money, officer, policy, process, ticket). Admittance hangs on determinedly, especially as the word used on notices on entrances (e.g. No admittance except on official business) but also as an erroneous alternative in meanings where admission is required

• (The DTI's lack of admittance of negligence in this affair is a travesty of justice —Times, 1988).


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • admission — ad·mis·sion n 1: the act or process of admitting admission into evidence 2 a: a party s acknowledgment that a fact or statement is true ◇ In civil cases admissions are often agreed to and offered in writing to the court before trial as a method… …   Law dictionary

  • admission — or admission to trading Admission to trading on the Exchange s markets for listed securities and admitted and traded shall be construed accordingly. For the avoidance of doubt this does not include when issued dealings . London Stock Exchange… …   Financial and business terms

  • ADMISSION — ADMISSION, legal concept applying both to debts and facts. Formal admission by a defendant is regarded as equal to the evidence of a hundred witnesses (BM 3b). This admission had to be a formal one, before duly appointed witnesses, or before the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Admission — Ad*mis sion, n. [L. admissio: cf. F. admission. See {Admit}.] 1. The act or practice of admitting. [1913 Webster] 2. Power or permission to enter; admittance; entrance; access; power to approach. [1913 Webster] What numbers groan for sad… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • admission — temporaire. Admission of goods into country duty free for processing and eventual export. Bail. The order of a competent court or magistrate that a person accused of crime be discharged from actual custody upon the taking of bail. Evidence.… …   Black's law dictionary

  • admission — temporaire. Admission of goods into country duty free for processing and eventual export. Bail. The order of a competent court or magistrate that a person accused of crime be discharged from actual custody upon the taking of bail. Evidence.… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Admission — may refer to several things:In general usage* *Allowance into a theater, movie theater, music venue, or other event locale, especially when purchased with a ticketIn education*University and college admissionsIn law*Admission (law), a statement… …   Wikipedia

  • admission — ADMISSION. sub. fém. Action par laquelle on est admis. Depuis son admission aux Ordres sacrés, il a toujours vécu en bon Ecclésiastique …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • admission — (n.) early 15c., acceptance, reception, approval, from L. admissionem (nom. admissio) a letting in, noun of action from pp. stem of admittere (see ADMIT (Cf. admit)). Meaning an acknowledging is from 1530s. Sense of a literal act of letting in is …   Etymology dictionary


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