- compulsory enrollment of persons for military or naval service; draft.
- a compulsory contribution of money to a government during a time of war.
Origin of conscription
Examples from the Web for conscription
When I reported for my conscription in 2010 I thought I would do my two years of service without anything happening.Former Syrian Soldier Describes Life in the Army at the Start of War
September 4, 2013
In Israel, conscription remains the rule and military service is the norm.In Israel, Netanyahu Assembles the Coalition That Eluded Romney
March 22, 2013
Bennett, it's true, demanded changing that agreement—once the conscription problem was settled.The Single Issue Postponing Israeli Politics
March 4, 2013
Lapid will have to swallow a painful compromise on ultra-Orthodox conscription.Obama Complicates Netanyahu’s Coalition Talks
J. J. Goldberg
February 7, 2013
The hametz example may also enhance our understanding of the debate on the conscription of haredi men to the IDF.How Israel Isn't Like Saudi Arabia
July 30, 2012
Their son got the number 206 in the drawing for the conscription.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
He escaped the conscription on the ground of being a widow's eldest son.The Fortune of the Rougons
A conscription, a march, a bivouac, and a battle will form act the first.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
And they had forgotten all about the conscription act that Congress had just passed.The Long Roll
It was a few weeks after the Conscription Act had been passed.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
- compulsory military service
Word Origin and History for conscription
late 14c., "a putting in writing," from Middle French conscription, from Latin conscriptionem (nominative conscriptio) "a drawing up of a list, enrollment, a levying of soldiers," from conscribere "to enroll," from com- "with" (see com-) + scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).
Meaning "enlistment of soldiers" is from 1520s; the sense "compulsory enlistment for military service" (1800) is traceable to the French Republic act of Sept. 5, 1798. Technically, a conscription is the enrollment of a fixed number by lot, with options of providing a substitute.