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[verb kuh n-skript; noun, adjective kon-skript] /verb kənˈskrɪpt; noun, adjective ˈkɒn skrɪpt/
verb (used with object)
to draft for military or naval service.
to compel into service.
a recruit obtained by conscription.
enrolled or formed by conscription; drafted:
a conscript soldier.
Origin of conscript
1525-35; < Latin conscrīptus, past participle of conscrībere to conscribe; see con-, script
Related forms
conscriptable, adjective
nonconscriptable, adjective
1. induct, impress, recruit, mobilize. Unabridged
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  • They had gone for a conscript; they came away with a volunteer.


    George Washington Cable
  • He—Colonel L.—calls it recruiting to conscript all he can lay hands on.

  • Each mitayo, or conscript, received nominally two shillings a day.

    The Rover of the Andes R.M. Ballantyne
  • Well, then, conscript them, and they'll be all of a better pattern.

  • Certainly, Monsieur, but only a conscript; it is not likely that you should have seen me before.

    Moscow Fred Whishaw
  • But, conscript Fathers, Senators, there is but one course to be pursued.

British Dictionary definitions for conscript


noun (ˈkɒnskrɪpt)
  1. a person who is enrolled for compulsory military service
  2. (as modifier): a conscript army
verb (kənˈskrɪpt)
(transitive) to enrol (youths, civilians, etc) for compulsory military service
Word Origin
C15: from Latin conscrīptus, past participle of conscrībere to write together in a list, enrol, from scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for conscript

1800, perhaps a back-formation (influenced by French adjective conscrit) from conscription.


1530s, from Latin conscriptus, past participle of conscribere "to draw up, list," literally "to write together" (see conscription).


1813, American English, from conscript (n.). A word from the militia drafts in the War of 1812. Popularized (or unpopularized) during U.S. Civil War, when both sides resorted to it in 1862. Related: Conscripted; conscripting.

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