[ mis-iv ]
/ ˈmɪs ɪv /


a written message; letter.


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

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

/ (ˈmɪsɪv) /


a formal or official letter
a formal word for letter


rare sent or intended to be sent

Word Origin for missive

C15: from Medieval Latin missivus, from mittere to send
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