Admissible Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster



ad·​mis·​si·​ble əd-ˈmi-sə-bəl How to pronounce admissible (audio)
: capable of being allowed or conceded : permissible
evidence legally admissible in court
: capable or worthy of being admitted
admissible to the university
admissibility noun

Example Sentences

The judge decided that the confession was admissible in court. using direct quotations without naming your source is not admissible
Recent Examples on the Web Your opinion, however well-considered, is probably not admissible evidence. Virginia Hammerle, Dallas News, 10 May 2023 Thursday’s hearing was called to determine whether the unsigned 2018 draft is admissible under Michigan statutes. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 21 Apr. 2023 Other statements that are not specifically charged in the indictment are similarly relevant and admissible evidence. Deena Zaru, ABC News, 8 Dec. 2022 No statistics or evidence from after March 1 were admissible other than contract and salary comparisons, timing set when Major League Baseball and the players’ association agreed to the deal that ended the lockout. Wire Reports,, 24 June 2022 Although the results are generally not admissible in court in either state, some members of law enforcement – then and now – consider polygraphs useful tools in solving crimes. Gina Barton,, 3 May 2022 Defense attorney Eric Nelson argued that new evidence makes the earlier arrest admissible: Drugs were found last December during a second search of the car Floyd was in, and were found in a January search of the squad car into which the four officers attempted to put Floyd. Steve Karnowski And Amy Forliti, Chron, 16 Mar. 2021 Meade added that defense attorneys are entitled to receive relevant information about officerson the list as part of pre-trial discovery, but that such information isn’t necessarily admissible at trial. Travis Andersen,, 28 Nov. 2022 Polygraph tests are often criticized for their reliability and are generally not admissible in court. Sarah Portney, NBC News, 25 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French, probably borrowed from Medieval Latin admissibilis, from Latin admissus (past participle of admittere "to admit entry 1") + -ibilis -ible

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of admissible was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Admissible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


ad·​mis·​si·​ble əd-ˈmis-ə-bəl How to pronounce admissible (audio)
: that can be or is worthy to be admitted or allowed
admissible evidence
admissibility noun

Legal Definition


ad·​mis·​si·​ble əd-ˈmi-sə-bəl, ad- How to pronounce admissible (audio)
: capable of being allowed or permitted
the difficulty would be lessened if entries in books of account were admissible as prima facie evidenceB. N. Cardozo
admissibility noun

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