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Definition of "conscription" [con•scrip•tion]

  • Compulsory enrollment, especially for the armed forces; draft. (noun)
  • A monetary payment exacted by a government in wartime. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "conscription" in a sentence
  • "Another was sentenced to ten years in prison for delivering speeches in which he called conscription unconstitutional."
  • "Also, the ancient idea of forcing to people to join your army, i.e. conscription, is an advanced technology that allows you to form units of guys with repeating rifles."
  • "Moyers knows conscription is the quickest way to initiate the fundamental changes to foreign policy needed to end the war."