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Definitions of impressment
the act of coercing someone into government service Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
The act of seizing for public use, or of impressing into public service; compulsion to serve; as, the impressment of provisions or of sailors. Webster Dictionary DB
The act of impressing or seizing for service, esp. in the navy. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
Act of forcing men into service. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
The act of impressing, as soldiers or sailors, into the public service, or of seizing property for public use. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
The act of seizing men for the public service. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.