[im-pres-muh nt]
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Origin of impressment

First recorded in 1780–90; impress2 + -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of impressment

  • The subjects of impressment and blockades were not embraced in it.

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    Harry A. Lewis

  • The articles on maritime rights and impressment were set aside.

    Albert Gallatin

    John Austin Stevens

  • An illustration still closer to the point is that of impressment.

    The Subjection of Women

    John Stuart Mill

  • The most serious difficulty in the way of negotiation had been the question of impressment.

    James Madison

    Sydney Howard Gay

  • This was the British defense for impressment of seamen on American ships.

British Dictionary definitions for impressment


  1. the commandeering or conscription of things or men into government service
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Word Origin and History for impressment

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

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