impressment

[im-pres-muh nt]

noun

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

Origin of impressment

First recorded in 1780–90; impress2 + -ment
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impressment

noun

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

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

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