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
Recent Examples of conscription from the Web
These have included brute force, conscription, tribute, and religious doctrines ordaining social inequalities.
During his time in office, Israel airlifted some 7,000 Ethiopian Jews who had trekked to refugee camps in Sudan to escape famine, anti-Semitism, forced conscription of boys and other threats that had made their lives in Ethiopia precarious.
Up through 1960, when National Service ended, Stapleton sheltered a steady stream of people fleeing mandatory conscription.
Twentieth century conflict involved traditional nation-state wars with formal declarations of war, direct involvement of the public, conscription and mass mobilization, often increased taxation, and even rationing.
If there were mandatory conscription in this country?
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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.
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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