Definition of conscription
: compulsory enrollment of persons especially for military service : draft <During the war the armed forces were heavily dependent on conscription.>
Examples of conscription in a sentence
young people who face conscription into the army
Did You Know?
With its scrip- root, conscription means basically writing someone's name on a list—a list that, unfortunately, a lot of people usually don't want to be on. Conscription has existed at least since ancient Egypt's Old Kingdom (27th century B.C.), though universal conscription has been rare throughout history. Forms of conscription were used by Prussia, Switzerland, Russia, and other European powers in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the U.S., conscription was first applied during the Civil War, by both the North and the South. In the North there were pockets of resistance, and the draft led to riots in several cities. The U.S. abandoned conscription at the end of the war and didn't revive it until World War I.
Origin and Etymology of conscription
First Known Use: 1800
CONSCRIPTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conscription for English Language Learners
: the practice of ordering people by law to serve in the armed forces
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