letter missive

letter missive

noun, plural letters missive.
a letter from an official source expressing a command, permission, invitation, etc.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French lettre missive or Medieval Latin littera missīva; see missive

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Main Entry:  letter missive
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a document from a superior to an individual or group conveying a command, invitation, permission, or recommendation
Usage:  pl letters missive
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