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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.
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 conscripts
  • But modern warfare does not require armies of ill-trained conscripts.
  • All volunteer militaries don't fight civil wars, only conscripts do.
  • It has fascist overtones: many of their followers are former army conscripts.
  • Apart from a few elite units, the army is made up of gloomy, ill-paid conscripts.
  • It would be no insult, then, to describe certain authors not as conscripts but as volunteers.
  • conscripts are randomly selected and may serve any two consecutive years, as long as their service begins before age twenty-two.
  • We were, in theory, potential conscripts in the event of the reintroduction of national service.
  • In reality, some national conscripts are required to continue their service indefinitely.
  • conscripts and career military are eligible to apply for the training.
British Dictionary definitions for conscripts


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 conscripts



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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