- To conscript is to forcibly enlist someone into the military or government service.
When there is a draft and a man is required to join the army, this is an example of a situation where the army decides to conscript him.
- to enroll for compulsory service in the armed forces; draft
- to force (labor, capital, etc.) into service for the government
Origin: ; from conscriptthe
Origin: L conscriptus, pp. of conscribere, to enroll < com-, with + scribere, to write
- conscription noun
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Origin: Latin cōnscriptus, past participle of cōnscrībere, to enroll : com-, com- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.