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missive

[ mis-iv ]
/ ˈmɪs ɪv /
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noun

a written message; letter.

adjective

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

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Origin of missive

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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British Dictionary definitions for missive

missive
/ (ˈmɪsɪv) /

noun

a formal or official letter
a formal word for letter

adjective

rare sent or intended to be sent

Word Origin for missive

C15: from Medieval Latin missivus, from mittere to send
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