One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Compulsory enlistment for state service, typically into the armed forces.
- ‘Faced with the insatiable demands of total war, conscription was introduced in 1916.’
- ‘Serving in the military reserve forces also exempted potential draftees from conscription.’
- ‘The fact that our Western allies are abandoning conscription is also notable.’
- ‘Bring back a draft that starts conscription at the top of the social ladder.’
- ‘It is difficult to imagine that personal development would be easily fostered by compulsory conscription.’
- ‘Modern warfare required universal short-time conscription, followed by service in a reserve.’
- ‘The prime minister pledged again that his government would not implement conscription for overseas service.’
- ‘Yet the American citizen-soldier is a far less common figure than he was in the era of conscription.’
- ‘The end of conscription in most of the West is a response to these pressures.’
- ‘Quite simply there is no declared military need for conscription.’
- ‘This was the main argument the army made in opposing the end of conscription.’
- ‘Thus, such cohesion is already in part present before conscription takes place.’
- ‘Calls for universal military conscription stoked these editorial fires as well.’
- ‘The government implemented an organized taxation system and military conscription.’
- ‘He went on to explain some of the peculiarities of Civil War conscription.’
- ‘This points to the function of the memorial in recording wartime feelings about conscription and service.’
- ‘At first public opinion was behind the idea of peacetime conscription, or national service.’
- ‘The exemption of Catholic seminarians and clergy from military conscription was revoked.’
- ‘This regulation could well mean forcible conscription into the armed forces.’
- ‘At the outbreak of the First World War he opposed attempts to introduce military conscription in Ireland.’
Early 19th century: via French (conscription was introduced in France in 1798), from late Latin conscriptio(n-) ‘levying of troops’, from Latin conscribere ‘write down together, enroll’, from con- ‘together’ + scribere ‘write’.
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