the practice or act of impressing men or property into service, esp. into military or naval service
Origin of impressmentimpress + -ment
- The act or policy of seizing persons and compelling them to serve in the military, especially in naval forces.
- The act or policy of seizing property for public use, especially for military purposes.
- The act of imposing a constructive trust or a lien upon property, as a matter of equity, to protect a person without legal title but with a legally recognized interest.
From impress + -ment.