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Hi, can anybody please help me with the word 'admittedly'? The thing is, according to some dictionaries it may mean either 'by general admission/confession' (as has been admitted) or 'by personal admission' (it must be admitted, I admit that... etc.). So I wonder if there are any criteria to distinguish between the two. In particular, which meaning is implied here: 'These details themselves are admittedly valueless, their value lies in the evidence they afford of success in the advertizing campaign'. Thank you in anticipation.
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Hi,

As a generalization, I would say that the word is most often used in the sense of 'a personal admission'.

However, I would normally look at the context to clarify the meaning. For example, in the text from which you have extracted this sentence, is the writer "present' in a first-person kind of way? Is the focus on the writer's personal opinions and analysis?

Best wishes, Clive
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I wonder if there are any criteria to distinguish between the two.
I doubt it. It's more a matter of common sense. In your example, I would say that admittedly refers to a generally accepted idea. These details themselves are valueless (as everyone agrees); their value ...

<>That doesn't mean that it can't mean These details themselves are valueless (and I admit it); their value ...

CJ