compulsory enrollment of persons for military or naval service; draft.
a compulsory contribution of money to a government during a time of war.

1350–1400 for earlier sense “piece of writing”; 1795–1805 for current senses; Middle English conscripcioun < Latin conscrīptiōn- (stem of conscrīptiō) a drawing up in writing, levying of troops, equivalent to conscrīpt(us) (see conscript) + -iōn- -ion

conscriptional, adjective
anticonscription, noun
nonconscription, noun
proconscription, adjective Unabridged
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conscription (kənˈskrɪpʃən)
compulsory military service

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "a putting in writing," from M.Fr. conscription, from L. conscriptionem (nom. conscriptio) "a drawing up of a list, enrollment, a levying of soldiers," from conscribere "to enroll," from com- "with" + scribere "to write" (see script). The sense "compulsory enlistment
for military service" (1800) is from the French Republic act of Sept. 5, 1798. Technically, a conscription is the enrollment of a fixed number by lot, with options of providing a substitute.
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Example sentences
On account of some slight stiffness of the muscles of the neck, he had probably escaped conscription.
When conscription ends in a few days, the defense establishment will almost certainly shrink.
The nation had settled the question that it would not have conscription-Times.
The geographic isolation of the southeast-culminating in the conscription to
  the wilderness of the mountains-is immense.
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