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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 ?
With them came also a white man, who announced himself as a messenger bearing missives for Mr.
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.
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.
The coins abstracted and the missive written, he could not be gone too soon from the scene of these transgressions; and remembering how his father had once returned from church, on some slight illness, in the middle of the second psalm, he durst not even make a packet of a change of clothes.
Whilst he was hastily packing together a few articles for his journey he glanced over a poor plain missive also lately come to hand--the one from Marian and Izz Huett, beginning
It will please me to have my subjects greet Princess Dorothy, the bearer of this royal missive, with the same courtesy and consideration they would extend to me.
Monsieur Guillot was engrossed in reading the few lines of the missive.
He doesn't say much, to be sure, but his very silence implies more than all the others' words, and the less he says, the more he thinks - and this is Hargrave's missive.
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.
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.
As he spoke a missive sped through a window and fell clattering upon his plate, causing him to spring back in alarm.
Monk took up a pen, wrote a single line, signed it, folded the paper, sealed the letter with the seal of his ring, and handed over the missive to Athos, saying, "Monsieur, carry, if you please, this letter to King Charles II.