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conscript

If you’re ever drafted into the army, then you could be called a conscript, someone who is forced to join the military.

At the root of conscript is the Latin word conscriptus, meaning “enroll.” Conscript does involve enrollment — but it’s a forced enrollment, used to describe someone who has been forced to join the military, such as someone who has been drafted. As a verb, conscript means "force to join," like a military that conscripts new soldiers. In contrast, those who choose to join are recruited; when they enter the service, they enlist.

Definitions of conscript
  1. verb
    enroll into service compulsorily
    “The men were conscripted
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    type of:
    enlist
    join the military
  2. noun
    someone who is drafted into military service
    synonyms: draftee, inductee
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    Antonyms:
    military volunteer, voluntary, volunteer
    (military) a person who freely enlists for service
    type of:
    man, military man, military personnel, serviceman
    someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force
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