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letter missive

noun, plural letters missive.
a letter from an official source expressing a command, permission, invitation, etc.
Origin of letter missive
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French lettre missive or Medieval Latin littera missīva; see missive Unabridged
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a document from a superior to an individual or group conveying a command, invitation, permission, or recommendation

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