What does the word impressment mean?

Usage examples for impressment

  1. Boys voluntarily binding themselves to such sea service were exempt from impressment for the next three years. – Our Legal Heritage by S. A. Reilly
  2. A few questions designed to bring out the imperative necessity of English resistance to Napoleon will make clear the hostile commercial decrees, impressment, and interference with the rights of neutral ships. – The Teaching of History by Ernest C. Hartwell
  3. The press- gang system had been in force from very remote days indeed, for it is shown by statute and by record to have been in operation before 1378. In 1641 the practice was declared illegal by Parliament; but Parliament might just as well not have troubled itself upon the subject, for the impressment of seamen went on just as if nothing had happened. – A History of the Four Georges and of William IV, Volume IV (of 4) by Justin McCarthy and Justin Huntly McCarthy