[im-pres-muh nt]


the act of impressing people or property into public service or use.

Origin of impressment

First recorded in 1780–90; impress2 + -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for impressment

Historical Examples of impressment

British Dictionary definitions for impressment



the commandeering or conscription of things or men into government service
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for impressment

1796, "act of impressing into service," from impress (v.) + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper