[draft, drahft]


"draft" is the phonetic spelling of "draught", which originates from Middle English in mid 16th cent. The basic meaning of draft is a rough written version of something that is not yet in its final form. In finance, "draft" also refers to a written order to a bank to pay money to somebody. "Draft" can be both used as a noun, adjective, or as a verb. The verb form is the conversion of the noun form.


As time passes, some special cultural derivatives have derived from the word "draft", one of which is called "draft dodgers" in America. In the US, the draft refers to the US government's Selective Service System, in which young people were requited by law wot seve in the armed forces. It was replaced in 1973 by a system in which people may join the forces only if they wish to. However, young men must still add their names to the draft list when they are 18, in case of a future military emergency. People who tried to avoid the draft, especially during the Vietnam War, were known as draft dodgers.

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Word Class: Noun
1、 a preliminary form of something, like contract, law;
2、 a: as an access or way of selecting someone from a group( as for military service)
b: the process of selecting someone( as for political candacy) without his or her expressed agreement
3、 an order for the payment of money drawn by one person or bank on another

time draft:

a draft payable a specified number of days after the date of the draft or of its presentation

sight draft:

a draft payable on presentation

documentary draft:

a draft that will be honored only upon the presentation of certain documents( as an invoice or certificate title)

Related Words:

blueprint draught, enlist, outline, draft copy, drawing,

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Famouse Quotations:

"I am come, young ladies, in a very moralizing strain, to observe that our pleasures of this world are always to be for, and that we often purchase them at a great disadvantage, giving readi-monied actual happiness for a draft on the future, that may not be honoured. " Jane Austen*



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