a written message; letter.
sent or about to be sent, especially of a letter from an official source.

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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missive (ˈmɪsɪv)
1.  a formal or official letter
2.  a formal word for letter
3.  rare sent or intended to be sent
[C15: from Medieval Latin missivus, from mittere to send]

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Word Origin & History

1444, from M.L. missivus "for sending, sent," esp. in littera missiva "letters sent," from L. missus, pp. of mittere "to send."
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Example sentences
As intriguing as what the cardinal's missive said was what it did not say.
After all, it is helpful to know to whom a missive is directed-and without a
  name, it could be for anyone.
Another missive lays out the alphabet soup of overlapping authorities.
Unfortunately for him, he doesn't learn the truth until after he sends the
  damning missive to where she lives.
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