Definition of conscription in English:


Line breaks: con|scrip¦tion
Pronunciation: /kənˈskrɪpʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • Compulsory enlistment for state service, typically into the armed forces: conscription was extended to married men
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    • The prime minister pledged again that his government would not implement conscription for overseas service.
    • Faced with the insatiable demands of total war, conscription was introduced in 1916.
    • Modern warfare required universal short-time conscription, followed by service in a reserve.


early 19th century: via French (conscription was introduced in France in 1798), from late Latin conscriptio(n-) 'levying of troops', from Latin conscribere 'write down together, enrol', from con- 'together' + scribere 'write'.

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