missive

[mis-iv]
noun
1.
a written message; letter.
adjective
2.
sent or about to be sent, especially of a letter from an official source.

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

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missive
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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Please do not ever stop publishing these excellent missives.
He used to fax me quick missives with some regularity.
He composed missives with a devotional purposiveness.
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