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mis·sive

 (mĭs′ĭv)
n.
A written message; a letter. See Synonyms at letter.

[From Middle English (letter) missive, (letter) sent (by superior authority), from Medieval Latin (litterae) missīvae, feminine pl. of missīvus, sent, from Latin missus, past participle of mittere, to send.]

missive

(ˈmɪsɪv)
n
1. a formal or official letter
2. a formal word for letter
adj
rare sent or intended to be sent
[C15: from Medieval Latin missivus, from mittere to send]

mis•sive

(ˈmɪs ɪv)

n.
a written message; letter.
[1400–50; late Middle English (letter) missive < Medieval Latin (littera)missīva sent (letter)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.missive - a written message addressed to a person or organizationmissive - a written message addressed to a person or organization; "mailed an indignant letter to the editor"
document - anything serving as a representation of a person's thinking by means of symbolic marks
mail - the bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service
text, textual matter - the words of something written; "there were more than a thousand words of text"; "they handed out the printed text of the mayor's speech"; "he wants to reconstruct the original text"
correspondence - communication by the exchange of letters
business letter - a letter dealing with business
cover letter, covering letter - a letter sent along with other documents to provide additional information
crank letter - a hostile (usually anonymous) letter
encyclical, encyclical letter - a letter from the pope sent to all Roman Catholic bishops throughout the world
fan letter - a letter that is a piece of fan mail
personal letter - a letter dealing with personal affairs
form letter - a letter that is printed in multiple copies and mailed to a list of recipients
open letter - a letter of protest; addressed to one person but intended for the general public
chain letter - a letter that is sent successively to several people
pastoral - a letter from a pastor to the congregation
round robin - a letter signed by a number of people
aerogram, aerogramme, air letter, airmail letter - a letter sent by air mail
epistle - a specially long, formal letter
dead mail, dead letter - mail that can neither be delivered nor returned
letter of intent - any letter expressing an intention to take (or forgo) some action
postscript, PS - a note appended to a letter after the signature
name and address, destination, address - written directions for finding some location; written on letters or packages that are to be delivered to that location
line - text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen; "the letter consisted of three short lines"; "there are six lines in every stanza"
invitation - a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something; "an invitation to lunch"; "she threw the invitation away"

missive

noun letter, report, note, message, communication, dispatch, memorandum, epistle the customary missive from your mother

missive

noun
A written communication directed to another:
Translations

missive

[ˈmɪsɪv] Nmisiva f

missive

[ˈmɪsɪv] nmissive f

missive

n (form, old)Schreiben nt (form)

missive

[ˈmɪsɪv] n (old) → missiva
References in classic literature ?
Albert glanced carelessly at the different missives, selected two written in a small and delicate hand, and enclosed in scented envelopes, opened them and perused their contents with some attention.
The principal gentry of the colony received invitations, which were distributed to their residences, far and near, by messengers on horseback, bearing missives sealed with all the formality of official dispatches.
With them came also a white man, who announced himself as a messenger bearing missives for Mr.
Having dispatched but three electric missives, he received no less than eight gratulatory bulletins in return.
Thrice within the year have I received missives from her," replied Mary.
In these missives could be found sentences like this: "The heat here is very great.
I broke the seal with a great effort-- so great a one that I was a long time coming to it; took the unopened missive at last up to my room and only attacked it just before going to bed.
Captain Mayhew, stand by now to receive it; and taking the fatal missive from Starbuck's hands, he caught it in the slit of the pole, and reached it over towards the boat.
Notwithstanding, my journey homeward was sadder than my journey thither; and many misgivings I had, ere I could prevail on myself to put the missive into Mrs.
With this missive (which I was in twenty minds at once about recalling, as soon as it was out of my hands), the ticket-porter at last departed.
Forthwith from Councel to the work they flew, None arguing stood, innumerable hands Were ready, in a moment up they turnd Wide the Celestial soile, and saw beneath Th' originals of Nature in thir crude Conception; Sulphurous and Nitrous Foame They found, they mingl'd, and with suttle Art, Concocted and adusted they reduc'd To blackest grain, and into store conveyd: Part hidd'n veins diggd up (nor hath this Earth Entrails unlike) of Mineral and Stone, Whereof to found thir Engins and thir Balls Of missive ruin; part incentive reed Provide, pernicious with one touch to fire.
The HOUYHNHNMS indeed appear not to be so well prepared for war, a science to which they are perfect strangers, and especially against missive weapons.