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missive

[mis-iv]
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noun
  1. a written message; letter.
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adjective
  1. 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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Related Words

memomemorandumworddispatchnoteletterepistlereportlinemessage

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British Dictionary definitions for missive

missive

noun
  1. a formal or official letter
  2. a formal word for letter
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adjective
  1. rare sent or intended to be sent
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Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin missivus, from mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for missive

n.

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).

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