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


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

OTHER WORDS FROM conscription

con·scrip·tion·al, adjective an·ti·con·scrip·tion, noun non·con·scrip·tion, noun pro·con·scrip·tion, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for conscription

/ (kənˈskrɪpʃən) /


compulsory military service