contained in or carried on by letters: an epistolary friendship.
of, pertaining to, or consisting of letters.

1650–60; < Latin epistolāris of, belonging to a letter. See epistle, -ar1

unepistolary, adjective
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epistolary or (archaic) epistolatory (ɪˈpɪstələrɪ)
1.  relating to, denoting, conducted by, or contained in letters
2.  (of a novel or other work) constructed in the form of a series of letters
epistolatory or (archaic) epistolatory

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Word Origin & History

1650s, from Fr. épistolaire, from L. epistolaris, from epistola (see 'epistle-).
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Example sentences
The epistolary novel has a distinguished ancestry and is a notoriously
  difficult form.
It takes courage to adapt an epistolary novel for the screen, particularly one
  as psychologically complex as this one.
Gurney has written an evocative epistolary account of two charter members of
  the privileged set.
Lodge's form is a computerized variation on the epistolary.
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