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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.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the commandeering or conscription of things or men into government service


(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 fancied she was jealous even of the saucepan on it; and I have reason to know that she took its impressment into the service of boiling my egg and broiling my bacon, in dudgeon; for I saw her, with my own discomfited eyes, shake her fist at me once, when those culinary operations were going on, and no one else was looking.
He opened it with much impressment, assumed, of course, and showed a great bundle of white flowers.
Washington's policy of neutrality left American ships vulnerable to seizure by both combatants, and their crews subject to impressment aboard British ships or imprisonment in French jails.
42) It is not the case that individuals were necessarily prevented from using their firearms to kill; rather, they had to point to some authorization from the sovereign, most commonly, impressment into the king's service in order to fight a war or embark on a religious crusade to recapture the Holy Land.
The Conscription Act had, as Judge Cadwalader noted, provided for the organization of a national military force by enrollment, draft, and impressment or, "that is to say, compulsion.
These projects relied on an influx of French migrant labour to coastal towns as well as the impressment of prisoner-labourers attached to the bagnes.
Tusser reminds us that his impressment occurred when he was but a 'child'; choristers were typically between the ages of seven and sixteen.
While impressment, as Denver Brunsman points out, "helped to unite Britain and its Atlantic colonial territories in a common system of maritime defense," in using "impressment to sustain its empire, the British states nearly destroyed it" (2013, 2, 3).
Congress declared war against the British Empire in 1812 to stop the impressment of sailors on American ships, to maintain the rights of neutral trade, and to stop perceived British support for Native Americans then violently opposing western settlement.
The 1796 act was designed to protect American sailors from impressment by foreign navies, especially the British navy.
Maritime issues--including impressment of American sailors and the seizure of American ships--along with Indian depredations, land expansion, national honor, and liberal anxiety have all served as explanations for the origin of the war.
Fields explained: "This teaching was delivered within the context of first-century Palestine under Roman occupation in which impressment was common; i.