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[ kuhn-skrip-shuhn ]


  1. compulsory enrollment of persons for military or naval service; draft.
  2. a compulsory contribution of money to a government during a time of war.


/ kənˈskrɪpʃən /


  1. compulsory military service
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  • con·scription·al adjective
  • anti·con·scription noun
  • noncon·scription noun
  • procon·scription adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of conscription1

First recorded in 1350–1400 for earlier sense “piece of writing”; 1795–1805 for current senses; Middle English conscripcioun, from Latin conscrīptiōn-, stem of conscrīptiō “composition, written record, levy of troops,” equivalent to conscript + -ion
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Example Sentences

He cannot be subjected to conscription, or forced military service, save by the written orders of the highest military authority of the department, under such regulations as the President or Congress may prescribe.

Excluding women from conscription also perpetuated the “myth that all men are more competent than all women,” Smeal said.

Worryingly, even Syrians who’ve managed to obtain citizenship in another country aren’t exempt from the conscription tax.

From Ozy

He was jailed for three months for refusing conscription into the Ustaša army.

Gomaa worked with Al-Jazeera, including contributing to a documentary about conscription in Egypt.

From Fortune

There was a provision in the Union Conscription Act of 1863 that allowed wealthy men to pay $300 to buy their way out of service.

While forced conscription of Americans is rare, the practice of volunteering has a storied history.

When I reported for my conscription in 2010 I thought I would do my two years of service without anything happening.

Many national-religious Jews, including their political leadership, support universal conscription.

Charismatic and pragmatic Wilkie actively endorsed conscription and support for Great Britain early on.

The jailer, a loyalist, retained his position as a civil detail, thus protecting himself and sons from conscription.

A new conscription secured the forty thousand men for Bayonne, and General Clarke was ordered to fortify the frontier.

No one remonstrated when once more recourse was had to the fatal policy of anticipating the annual conscription.

In fact, with conscription and compulsory jury service, this pitiless dilemma arises before every one.

The issue of conscription brought to an end the political truce which had been declared in August, 1914.


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