1. a term in use among English and Scotch Presbyterians, to denote the service and act by which a minister is publicly introduced into a new charge.
2. In the Church of England, when the bishop accepts a candidate presented for a benefice as sufficient, he is said to admit him. The canon and common law allow the bishop twenty-eight days after presentment, during which to examine him and inquire into his life and doctrine. A bishop may refuse to admit the candidate presented on account of perjury, schism, heresy, or any other crime on account of which he might be deprived. Bastardy, without a dispensation, is a just cause of refusal, but not so the fact of the person presented being the son of the last incumbent — the canon ne filius succedat patri not having been received in England; still, if the bishop refuse on this account, and the patron thereupon present another, the former nominee has no remedy. When the bishop refuses to admit he is bound, within a reasonable period, to send notice to the lay patron in person.