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impressment

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Impressment \Im*press"ment\ ([i^]m*pr[e^]s"ment), noun The act of seizing for public use, or of impressing into public service; compulsion to serve; as, the impressment of provisions or of sailors.

The great scandal of our naval service -- impressment -- died a protracted death. --J. H. Burton.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

impressment

noun

1: the act of coercing someone into government service [syn: {impress}, {impressment}]


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