1. : a preliminary version of something (as a law)

  1. a : a system for or act of selecting individuals from a group (as for military service)

    b : the act or process of selecting an individual (as for political candidacy) without his or her expressed consent

  1. : an order for the payment of money drawn by one person or bank on another — see also drawee, drawer — compare check

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

    — sight draft
    : a draft payable on presentation

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


transitive verb
  1. : to select for some purpose; specifically : to conscript for military service : to conscript for military service

  1. : to compose or prepare especially the preliminary version of drafting legislation

    : to practice draftsmanship