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missive

[mis-iv] /ˈmɪs ɪv/
noun
1.
a written message; letter.
adjective
2.
sent or about to be sent, especially of a letter from an official source.
Origin of missive
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (letter) missive < Medieval Latin (littera) missīva sent (letter), equivalent to Latin miss(us) (past participle of mittere to send) + -īva, feminine of -īvus -ive
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  • However that might be, Litvinov despatched his missive to Irina.

    Smoke Turgenev Ivan Sergeevich
  • He went to the window and opened the missive with simulated indifference.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • I judged that the date of the missive was at least ten or twenty years prior to the civil war.

    Kastle Krags Absalom Martin
  • Stephen returned to the library with the missive in his hand.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The Colonel secures the missive, tears the envelope to shreds, runs his eye over the trivial contents, and curses the War.

British Dictionary definitions for missive

missive

/ˈmɪsɪv/
noun
1.
a formal or official letter
2.
a formal word for letter
adjective
3.
(rare) sent or intended to be sent
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin missivus, from mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for missive
n.

mid-15c., "commandment," noun use of adjective (mid-15c.) meaning "sent by superior authority," from Medieval Latin missivus "for sending, sent," especially in littera missiva "letters sent," from Latin missus, past participle of mittere "to send" (see mission).

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