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impressment

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From impress +‎ -ment.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

impressment (plural impressments)

  1. The act of seizing for public use; impressing into public service.
    • 1988, James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom, Oxford 2004, p. 833:
      A month later the governors of six more states, meeting in conference, enigmatically urged the impressment of slaves for “the public service as may be required.”