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Admi'ssion. n.s. [admissio, Lat.]

  1. The act or practice of admitting.

    There was also enacted that charitable law, for the admission of poor suitors without fee; whereby poor men became rather able to vex, than unable to sue. Bacon's Henry VII.

    By means of our solitary situation, and our rare admission of strangers, we know most part of the habitable world, and are ourselves unknown. Bacon's New Atalantis.

  2. The state of being admitted.

    My father saw you ill designs pursue;
    And my admission show'd his fear of you.
    Dryd. Aurengzebe.

    God did then exercise man's hopes with the expectations of a better paradise, or a more initimate admission to himself. South's Sermons.

  3. Admittance; the power of entering, or being admitted.

    All springs have some degree of heat, none ever freezing, no not in the longest and severest frosts; especially those, where there is such a site and disposition of the strata as gives free and easy admission to this heat. Woodward's Natural History.

                    Our king descends from Jove:
    And hither are we come, by his command,
    To crave admission in your happy land.
    Dryden's Æneid vii.

  4. In the ecclesiastical law.

    It is, when the patron presents a clerk to a church that is vacant, and the bishop, upon examination, admits and allows of such clerk to be fitly qualified, by saying, Admitto te habilem, &c. AyIiffe's Parergon.

  5. The allowance of an argument; the grant of a position not fully proved.

Sources: Ayliffe, John (43) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · South, Robert (158) · Woodward, John (78)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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