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1. The act or policy of seizing persons and compelling them to serve in the military, especially in naval forces.
2. The act or policy of seizing property for public use, especially for military purposes.
3. The act of imposing a constructive trust or a lien upon property, as a matter of equity, to protect a person without legal title but with a legally recognized interest.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the commandeering or conscription of things or men into government service
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(ɪmˈprɛs mənt)

the act of impressing people or property into public service or use.
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Noun1.impressment - the act of coercing someone into government service
seizure - the taking possession of something by legal process
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I had come to London primarily to correlate Admiralty records concerning impressment of American seamen with events that my research had turned up in American sources.
In this context, the War of 1812 appears to have been waged not so much against Great Britain's impressment of American seamen and its restriction of American neutral trade as it was against the polemics of such political economists and scientists as Thomas Malthus and the comte de Buffon, who doubted that North America could ever support a flourishing population that would constitute the basis for national greatness.
The policy of impressment of American seamen had not been abandoned, however, so the Madison administration saw no benefit to negotiations.