A term used in the Roman law to denote a forced or compulsory service exacted by the government for public purposes ; as a forced rendition of labor or goods for the public service. See Dig. 50, 4, 18, 4. In maritime law. A forced service, (on us,) imposed on a vessel for public purposes; an impressment of a vessel. Locc. de Jure Mar. lib. 1, c. 5,
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