admittance


admittance
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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  • Admittance — Ad*mit tance, n. 1. The act of admitting. [1913 Webster] 2. Permission to enter; the power or right of entrance; also, actual entrance; reception. [1913 Webster] To gain admittance into the house. South. [1913 Webster] He desires admittance to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • admittance — admittance, admission. Admittance is mostly confined to the literal sense of allowing one to enter a locality or building {no admittance without a pass} {admittance to the grounds} Admission has acquired the figurative sense of admitting to… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Admittance — Ad*mit tance, n. (Elec.) The reciprocal of impedance. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • admittance — I (acceptance) noun admission, confirmation, designation, entrance, entree, entry, inclusion, induction, initiation, permission II (means of approach) noun access, admission, approach, avenue, course, entrance, entry, entryway, ingress, inlet,… …   Law dictionary

  • admittance — (n.) 1580s, the action of admitting, formed in English from ADMIT (Cf. admit) + ANCE (Cf. ance) (if from Latin, it would have been *admittence; French uses accès in this sense). Used formerly in senses where ADMISSION (Cf. admission) now prevails …   Etymology dictionary

  • admittance — [n] permission to enter access, entrance, entrée, entry, ingress, pass, passage, reception; concepts 388,685 …   New thesaurus

  • admittance — ► NOUN ▪ the process or fact of entering or being allowed to enter …   English terms dictionary

  • admittance — [ad mit′ ns, ədmit′ ns] n. 1. an admitting or being admitted 2. permission or right to enter 3. Elec. the ratio of effective current to effective voltage in a circuit carrying an alternating current; the reciprocal of impedance, measured in… …   English World dictionary

  • Admittance — In electrical engineering, the admittance ( Y ) is the inverse of the impedance ( Z ). The SI unit of admittance is the siemens. Oliver Heaviside coined the term in December 1887. [Ushida et al., Immittance matching for multidimensional open… …   Wikipedia

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