- a written message; letter.
- sent or about to be sent, especially of a letter from an official source.
Origin of missive
Examples from the Web for missive
This missive could just be read as your standard step-around; an attempt to dismantle a potential PR bomb before it detonates.There She Is! Deport the Miss America Pageant.
October 6, 2014
The missive was received back in London by David Barrie, a senior diplomat, who appended his own note.British Officials Portrayed Reagan as a “Bozo”
Nico Hines, Ben Jacobs
April 30, 2014
The missive was passed to Washington through a Swiss diplomat and rejected without even a response by the Bush team.Iran, Try Peace or Get War
Leslie H. Gelb
September 24, 2013
The old man was quite pleased by this missive, writing back to Joe Jr. that his “conclusions are very sound.”“The Patriarch”: Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s Outsized Life
November 21, 2012
The missive to film mogul Harvey Weinstein read “Extortion Notice.”How a No-Name Actor Tried to Extort Harvey Weinstein and Groupon’s Cofounder
August 24, 2012
He went to the window and opened the missive with simulated indifference.Casanova's Homecoming
Stephen returned to the library with the missive in his hand.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
When Israel received the missive, his anger was hot and furious.The Scapegoat
"It is for you, my dear," he said, as he passed the missive across the table to Miss Cavendish.Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
He despatched the missive, and felt his injuries were avenged.
- a formal or official letter
- a formal word for letter
- rare sent or intended to be sent
Word Origin and History for missive
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).