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Sunday, November 12, 2000

Definitions for missive

  1. A written message; a letter.

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Citations for missive
She also agreed to write to the Prince, while the Count included a suitably outraged missive of his own. Saul David, Prince of Pleasure
Well, somebody sent the invitation, I said, getting back to the mysterious missive. Jane Heller, Name Dropping
Origin of missive
late Middle English
1400-1450
Missive comes from the Medieval French lettre missive, literally, letter intended to be sent; it ultimately derives from Latin missus, past participle of mittere, to send.