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[ree-skript] /ˈriˌskrɪpt/
a written answer, as of a Roman emperor or a pope, to a query or petition in writing.
any edict, decree, or official announcement.
the act of rewriting.
something rewritten.
Origin of rescript
1520-30; < Latin rescrīptum an imperial rescript (noun use of neuter past participle of rescrībere to write back, reply). See re-, script Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The rescript of my appointment which was drawn up later, is dated August 2nd, 1799.

  • A rescript arrived from Vienna placing a veto upon the resolution.

  • But the contract contains a rescript for the diamonds; you must ask for them.

    The Marriage Contract Honore de Balzac
  • No less than this would have sufficed to gain for you this rescript of Her Majesty.

    In the Irish Brigade G. A. Henty
  • The date of the rescript is the third consulship of Antoninus Pius.

    Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
  • This rescript of Hadrian has clearly been added to the Apology by some editor.

    Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
  • And accordingly ye, too, may use the terms of my rescript, so that none may interfere with you.

    St. Dionysius of Alexandria Bishop of Alexandria, Saint Dionysius
  • Mr. O'Connell, alarmed at the import of a command so fatal, pronounced the rescript "uncanonical."

    The Felon's Track Michael Doheny
  • But the prelates were far from unanimous in their construction of the rescript which they promised unanimously to obey.

    The Felon's Track Michael Doheny
  • Dr. Crolly had previously explained what he considered true obedience to the rescript.

    The Felon's Track Michael Doheny
British Dictionary definitions for rescript


(in ancient Rome) an ordinance taking the form of a reply by the emperor to a question on a point of law
any official announcement or edict; a decree
something rewritten
the act or process of rewriting
Word Origin
C16: from Latin rēscriptum a reply, from rēscribere to write back
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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