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Definitions of impressment

  1. the act of coercing someone into government service Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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
  3. The act of impressing or seizing for service, esp. in the navy. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Act of forcing men into service. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. 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.
  6. The act of impressing into public service; seizure for public use. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. 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.
  8. im-pres'ment, n. the act of impressing or seizing for service, esp. in the navy. [A word coined from press, in pressgang.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  9. For many years prior to the breaking out of the War of 1812 the British Government claimed the right of stopping and searching American vessels, and impressing into the British service British seamen who happened to be serving under the American flag. Great Britain refused to allow the right of expatriation and change of allegiance by naturalization. She was then engaged in war with France and accordingly claimed the services of all her maritime citizens, no matter what ceremonies of naturalization they might have undergone abroad. Hence many American sailors were wilfully impressed. This grievance aided in a large measure in bringing about the embargo system and the War of 1812. Dictionary of United States history
  10. n. Act of seizing for public use, or of impressing into public service. Cabinet Dictionary
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