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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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  • Moreover, to an overwhelming degree the sons of the well-to-do have not waited to be conscripted.

    Right Above Race Otto Hermann Kahn
  • And work, as these years have taught the observant, is but for slaves and the conscripted.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • That every human being in a country be conscripted to devote a certain part of his or her life to national service.

  • I've accepted your resignation, conscripted you again, and reappointed you——!

    A Man of the People Thomas Dixon
  • They fired their rifles and pistols; they caroused and conscripted fighters.

    The Haciendas of Mexico Paul Alexander Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for conscripted


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 conscripted



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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