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[verb kuhn-skript; noun, adjective kon-skript]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to draft for military or naval service.
  2. to compel into service.
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  1. a recruit obtained by conscription.
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  1. enrolled or formed by conscription; drafted: a conscript soldier.
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Origin of conscript

1525–35; < Latin conscrīptus, past participle of conscrībere to conscribe; see con-, script
Related formscon·script·a·ble, adjectivenon·con·script·a·ble, adjective


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  • Men will be conscripted to the extent that it is wise and just and needful.

    War Taxation

    Otto H. Kahn

  • So, and no other, should wealth and the country's resources in general be conscripted.

    War Taxation

    Otto H. Kahn

  • He was conscripted but sent back because he was the father of six children.

    The Delta of the Triple Elevens

    William Elmer Bachman

  • And work, as these years have taught the observant, is but for slaves and the conscripted.

    Waiting for Daylight

    Henry Major Tomlinson

  • But he got conscripted by a bomb that took a corner off the hospital and one off his head.

British Dictionary definitions for conscripted


noun (ˈkɒnskrɪpt)
    1. a person who is enrolled for compulsory military service
    2. (as modifier)a conscript army
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verb (kənˈskrɪpt)
  1. (tr) to enrol (youths, civilians, etc) for compulsory military service
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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.

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

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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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