: the act of seizing for public use or of impressing into public service
Examples of impressment in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebJefferson’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, 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, 28 Feb. 2017
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