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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.]
1. a formal or official letter
2. a formal word for letter
rare sent or intended to be sent
[C15: from Medieval Latin missivus, from mittere to send]
a written message; letter.
[1400–50; late Middle English (letter) missive < Medieval Latin (littera)missīva sent (letter)]
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|Noun||1.||missive - 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
epistle - a specially long, formal letter
letter of intent - any letter expressing an intention to take (or forgo) some action
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"