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 for admittance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Admittance \Ad*mit"tance\, n.
     1. The act of admitting.
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     2. Permission to enter; the power or right of entrance; also,
        actual entrance; reception.
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              To gain admittance into the house.    --South.
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              He desires admittance to the king.    --Dryden.
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              To give admittance to a thought of fear. --Shak.
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     3. Concession; admission; allowance; as, the admittance of an
        argument. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.
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     4. Admissibility. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     5. (Eng. Law) The act of giving possession of a copyhold
        estate. --Bouvier.
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     Syn: Admission; access; entrance; initiation.
     Usage: Admittance, Admission. These words are, to some
            extent, in a state of transition and change.
            Admittance is now chiefly confined to its primary
            sense of access into some locality or building. Thus
            we see on the doors of factories, shops, etc. "No
            admittance." Its secondary or moral sense, as
            "admittance to the church," is almost entirely laid
            aside. Admission has taken to itself the secondary or
            figurative senses; as, admission to the rights of
            citizenship; admission to the church; the admissions
            made by one of the parties in a dispute. And even when
            used in its primary sense, it is not identical with
            admittance. Thus, we speak of admission into a
            country, territory, and other larger localities, etc.,
            where admittance could not be used. So, when we speak
            of admission to a concert or other public assembly,
            the meaning is not perhaps exactly that of admittance,
            viz., access within the walls of the building, but
            rather a reception into the audience, or access to the
            performances. But the lines of distinction on this
            subject are one definitely drawn.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Admittance \Ad*mit"tance\, n. (Elec.)
     The reciprocal of impedance.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the right to enter [syn: entree, access, accession,
           admission, admittance]
      2: the act of admitting someone to enter; "the surgery was
         performed on his second admission to the clinic" [syn:
         admission, admittance]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ADMITTANCE, Eng. law. The act of giving possession of a copyhold estate, as
  livery of seisin is of a freehold; it is of three kinds, namely
  upon a voluntary grant by the lord) upon a surrender by the former tenant and
  upon descent.

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