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 seizing men for the public service. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for impressment

  1. It superseded the Boston Port Act and the restraining Acts, absolutely prohibited all commerce with the revolted colonies, and authorized the impressment into the navy of all seamen found on vessels captured under the Act. – The Wars Between England and America by T. C. Smith
  2. We have been referred to the treaty of peace that closed our last war with Great Britain, and told that our injuries were unredressed, because the question of impressment was not decided. – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis