Definition of conscription in English:


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  • Compulsory enlistment for state service, typically into the armed forces.

    ‘conscription was extended to married men’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This points to the function of the memorial in recording wartime feelings about conscription and service.’
    • ‘At first public opinion was behind the idea of peacetime conscription, or national service.’
    • ‘He went on to explain some of the peculiarities of Civil War conscription.’
    • ‘It is difficult to imagine that personal development would be easily fostered by compulsory conscription.’
    • ‘This was the main argument the army made in opposing the end of conscription.’
    • ‘Serving in the military reserve forces also exempted potential draftees from conscription.’
    • ‘Yet the American citizen-soldier is a far less common figure than he was in the era of conscription.’
    • ‘The fact that our Western allies are abandoning conscription is also notable.’
    • ‘Thus, such cohesion is already in part present before conscription takes place.’
    • ‘Bring back a draft that starts conscription at the top of the social ladder.’
    • ‘The end of conscription in most of the West is a response to these pressures.’
    • ‘At the outbreak of the First World War he opposed attempts to introduce military conscription in Ireland.’
    • ‘Calls for universal military conscription stoked these editorial fires as well.’
    • ‘Quite simply there is no declared military need for conscription.’
    • ‘The government implemented an organized taxation system and military conscription.’
    • ‘The exemption of Catholic seminarians and clergy from military conscription was revoked.’
    • ‘This regulation could well mean forcible conscription into the armed forces.’



/kənˈskripSH(ə)n/ /kənˈskrɪpʃ(ə)n/


Late Middle English (in sense ‘written record or document’): from Latin conscriptio(n-) ‘written record, account’, in late Latin ‘levying of troops’, from Latin conscribere ‘write down together, enroll’, from con- ‘together’ + scribere ‘write’. Military conscription was introduced in France in 1798.