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There are a couple of definitions of the word admissible.

The first definition is exactly what you would expect. A person who is admissible to a place has the right to enter that place. For example, if you’re a terrorist you are not admissible to the secure areas of airports. So, don’t admit to being a terrorist, don’t try to board flights or, better yet, here’s an idea: don’t be a terrorist. It’s just a suggestion. Do with it what you will.

The second definition of admissible will be familiar to anyone who watches television or film courtroom dramas. Evidence in a court case may be ruled by a judge to be not admissible if, for example, the evidence was obtained illegally.

A film or television writer may make the evidence introduced in a script inadmissible for any of a number of reasons. For example, the writer might want to:

  • Depict a guilty person getting off on a technicality.
  • Illustrate the exacting protection of human rights granted by the justice system.
  • Show some of the frustrations that prosecutors must deal with.
  • Fill in extra time because his or her script is running short.

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