What does conscription mean?

Definitions for conscriptionkənˈskrɪp ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. conscription, muster, draft, selective service(noun)

    compulsory military service


  1. conscription(Noun)

    involuntary labor, especially military service, demanded by some established authority

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conscription(noun)

    an enrolling or registering

  2. Conscription(noun)

    a compulsory enrollment of men for military or naval service; a draft

  3. Conscription(adj)

    belonging to, or of the nature of, a conspiration

  4. Origin: [L. conscriptio: cf. F. conscription.]


  1. Conscription

    Conscription is the compulsory enlistment of people in some sort of national service, most often military service. Conscription dates back to antiquity and continues in some countries to the present day under various names. The modern system of near-universal national conscription for young men dates to the French Revolution in the 1790s, where it became the basis of a very large and powerful military. Most European nations later copied the system in peacetime, so that men at a certain age would serve 1–3 years on active duty and then transfer to the reserve force. In China, the State of Qin instituted universal military service following the registration of every household. This allowed huge armies to be levied, and was instrumental in the creation of the Qin Empire that conquered the whole of China in 221BC. Conscription is controversial for a range of reasons, including conscientious objection to military engagements on religious or philosophical grounds; political objection, for example to service for a disliked government or unpopular war; and ideological objection, for example, to a perceived violation of individual rights. Those conscripted may evade service, sometimes by leaving the country. Some selection systems accommodate these attitudes by providing alternative service outside combat-operations roles or even outside the military, such as Zivildienst in Austria and Switzerland. Most post-Soviet countries conscript soldiers not only for Armed Forces but also for paramilitary organizations which are dedicated to police-like domestic only service or non-combat rescue duties - none of which is considered alternative to the military conscription.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conscription in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conscription in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Matthew Smith:

    Investors are extremely unimpressed with their sudden conscription into national service, and you can see that in their share prices.

  2. Ben Gumpert:

    Almost every LRA fighter .... by the period 2002-05 had himself or herself been abducted, it is in order to try to strike at that continuing evil that the prosecutor is keen to prosecute crimes arising from conscription.

  3. Gerald R. Ford:

    As I rejected amnesty, so I reject revenge. I ask all Americans who ever asked for goodness and mercy in their lives, who ever sought forgiveness for their trespasses, to join in rehabilitating all the casualties of the tragic conflict of the past. (On Americans who avoided conscription during the Vietnam War, to Veterans of Foreign Wars)

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