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[v. kuh n-skript; n., adj. kon-skript] /v. kənˈskrɪpt; n., adj. ˈkɒn skrɪpt/
verb (used with object)
to draft for military or naval service.
to compel into service.
a recruit obtained by conscription.
enrolled or formed by conscription; drafted:
a conscript soldier.
Origin of conscript
1525-35; < Latin conscrīptus, past participle of conscrībere to conscribe; see con-, script
Related forms
conscriptable, adjective
nonconscriptable, adjective
1. induct, impress, recruit, mobilize. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conscript
  • Efforts by the court to mold a conscript army out of small landowners and peasants had failed.
  • It arose from the same can-do spirit of the age as did the invention of mechanized wars fought by huge conscript armies.
  • Historically, rulers liked censuses, because they enable them to conscript and tax their people.
  • Other languages conscript the plural to perform tasks less important.
  • Naval power, not the marching thousands of conscript armies, would decide these contests.
  • And my fleet-footed orderly couldn't always find husky arms to conscript on the lonely country road.
British Dictionary definitions for conscript


noun (ˈkɒnskrɪpt)
  1. a person who is enrolled for compulsory military service
  2. (as modifier): a conscript army
verb (kənˈskrɪpt)
(transitive) to enrol (youths, civilians, etc) for compulsory military service
Word Origin
C15: from Latin conscrīptus, past participle of conscrībere to write together in a list, enrol, from scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for conscript

1800, perhaps a back-formation (influenced by French adjective conscrit) from conscription.


1530s, from Latin conscriptus, past participle of conscribere "to draw up, list," literally "to write together" (see conscription).


1813, American English, from conscript (n.). A word from the militia drafts in the War of 1812. Popularized (or unpopularized) during U.S. Civil War, when both sides resorted to it in 1862. Related: Conscripted; conscripting.

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