Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Compulsory enrollment, especially for the armed forces; draft.
  • n. A monetary payment exacted by a government in wartime.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. involuntary labor, especially military service, demanded by some established authority

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An enrolling or registering.
  • n. A compulsory enrollment of men for military or naval service; a draft.
  • adj. Belonging to, or of the nature of, a conspiration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An enrolling or registering.
  • n. Specifically A compulsory enrolment by lot or selection of suitable men for military or naval service.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. compulsory military service

Etymologies

From Latin cōnscrīptiō ("levying of troops"). (Wiktionary)

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