impressment

noun
im·press·ment | \im-ˈpres-mənt \

Definition of impressment 

: the act of seizing for public use or of impressing into public service

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These distinctive tattoos were then recorded in their personal Seamen’s Protection Certificates, which were used as identification and to help stave off impressment. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Tattooing Was Illegal in New York City Until 1997," 28 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of impressment

1787, in the meaning defined above

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