conscription

[ kuh n-skrip-shuh n ]
/ kənˈskrɪp ʃən /

noun

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

1350–1400 for earlier sense “piece of writing”; 1795–1805 for current senses; Middle English conscripcioun < Latin conscrīptiōn- (stem of conscrīptiō) a drawing up in writing, levying of troops, equivalent to conscrīpt(us) (see conscript) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

con·scrip·tion·al, adjectivean·ti·con·scrip·tion, nounnon·con·scrip·tion, nounpro·con·scrip·tion, adjective
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conscription

/ (kənˈskrɪpʃən) /

noun

compulsory military service
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