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

  • n. The act or policy of seizing people or property for public service or use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of seizing for public use; impressing into public service.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of seizing for public use, or of impressing into public service; compulsion to serve.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of impressing; the act of seizing for public use, or of compelling to enter the public service; compulsion to serve: as, the impressment of provisions, or of sailors or nurses.

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

  • n. the act of coercing someone into government service


From impress +‎ -ment. (Wiktionary)



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