impressment

noun
im·​press·​ment | \ im-ˈpres-mənt How to pronounce impressment (audio) \

Definition of impressment

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

Examples of impressment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jefferson’s accession to the presidency coincided with demands for higher payments and the impressment of a U.S. Navy frigate, the USS George Washington, by the Dey of Algiers as a courier vessel. John Yoo, National Review, "Lessons from the United States’ Showdown with the Barbary Pirates," 15 Jan. 2020 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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“Impressment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impressment. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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