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a. The act of rewriting.
b. Something that has been rewritten.
2. A formal decree or edict.
3. Roman Catholic Church A response from the pope or another ecclesiastical authority to a question regarding discipline or doctrine.
4. A reply from a Roman emperor to a magistrate's query about a point of law.

[Latin rescrīptum, from neuter past participle of rescrībere, to write back : re-, re- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) an ordinance taking the form of a reply by the emperor to a question on a point of law
2. (Law) (in ancient Rome) an ordinance taking the form of a reply by the emperor to a question on a point of law
3. any official announcement or edict; a decree
4. something rewritten
5. the act or process of rewriting
[C16: from Latin rēscriptum a reply, from rēscribere to write back]



1. a written answer, as of a Roman emperor or a pope, to a query or petition in writing.
2. an official announcement; decree.
3. an act or instance of rewriting.
[1520–30; < Latin rescrīptum, n. use of neuter past participle of rescrībere to write back, reply. See re-, script]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rescript - a reply by a Pope to an inquiry concerning a point of law or morality
answer, reply, response - a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation; "I waited several days for his answer"; "he wrote replies to several of his critics"
2.rescript - a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)rescript - a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
act, enactment - a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
consent decree - an agreement between two parties that is sanctioned by the court; for example, a company might agree to stop certain questionable practices without admitting guilt
curfew - an order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited
decree nisi - a decree issued on a first petition for divorce; becomes absolute at some later date
imperial decree - a decree issued by a sovereign ruler
judicial separation, legal separation - a judicial decree regulating the rights and responsibilities of a married couple living apart
programma - an edict that has been publicly posted
ban, proscription, prohibition - a decree that prohibits something
stay - a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted; "the Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court"
papal bull, bull - a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
3.rescript - the act of rewriting something
revising, rewriting - editing that involves writing something again
4.rescript - something that has been written again; "the rewrite was much better"
piece of writing, written material, writing - the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect); "the writing in her novels is excellent"; "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"
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With a facetious smile on his face, he was telling the ladies about last Wednesday's meeting of the Imperial Council, at which Sergey Kuzmich Vyazmitinov, the new military governor general of Petersburg, had received and read the then famous rescript of the Emperor Alexander from the army to Sergey Kuzmich, in which the Emperor said that he was receiving from all sides declarations of the people's loyalty, that the declaration from Petersburg gave him particular pleasure, and that he was proud to be at the head of such a nation and would endeavor to be worthy of it.
He began the rescript again and again, but as soon as he uttered 'Sergey' he sobbed, 'Kuz-mi-ch,' tears, and 'From all sides' was smothered in sobs and he could get no farther.
This more discerning approach helped to dissipate most (if not all) of the lingering animosities left in nationalist circles following the Papal rescript issued during the Plan of Campaign in 1888.
A papal rescript published on November 5, 2014, legislated that Roman Curia bishops retire automatically at 75, and that the pope can request bishops to retire even before the age limit of 75.
Rescript negative messages to include a positive spin.
This is part of what it means to understand black studies within the context of the Fanonist choice it offers: Its activity is precisely that which holds the potential to revision and remake worlds, rescript subjectivities, affirm collective freedom movement, and, crucially, infiltrate and appropriate the structuring desire of intellectual labor itself.
This Constitution shall be the supreme law of the nation and no law, ordinance, imperial rescript or other act of government, or part thereof, contrary to the provisions hereof, shall have legal force or validity.
After this, she goes back to the rescript the score "because there are always things that have be changed to make it better.
209) With a nod in the direction of Dirty Harry movies and television cop shows, the Court also refused to rescript police interrogation practices: "Miranda has become embedded in routine police practice to the point where the warnings have become part of our national culture.
The power to rescript last term's frustrating fizzling finale is still in our hands.
In this context fits the rescript of Constantine (AD 325) in which he explicitly refers to war injuries as a precondition for the reward of the poll tax exemption to the soldiers at the frontiers of the empire.
2 Cyprus The backgrounds were established in the Ottoman Empire by Hatt-i/Humayun, an old Imperial rescript offering various forms of religious autonomy to Christian as well as non-Muslim religious communities.