[ verb kuhn-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

con·script·a·ble, adjectivenon·con·script·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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)

(tr) to enrol (youths, civilians, etc) for compulsory military service

Word Origin for conscript

C15: from Latin conscrīptus, past participle of conscrībere to write together in a list, enrol, from scrībere to write
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