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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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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References in classic literature ?
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.
10-042-19) (3 pages) (rescript) Jonathan Mullane, pro se; Jennifer R.
Takeshi Suzuki deconstructs rhetorically three wartime rescripts: the 1942 rescript declaring war against America and Britain, the 1945 imperial rescript ending the war, and the 1946 "Declaration of Humanity" rescript, devoting a chapter to each document.
'Rescript Your Life-Awaken the voice within you', by Rupa Publications, was received at UNESCO, Geneva in June 2018, seven months after her daughter's book launched.
Having been ordained for the Denver Archdiocese in 1965 and having received a rescript of laicization in 1971, I am familiar with the decree.
But Our adversaries, showing not the least spirit of conciliation, have unduly delayed a settlement; and in the meantime they have intensified the economic and political pressure to compel thereby Our Empire to submission." Imperial Rescript, December 8, 1941, The Japan Times & Advertiser.
This structural division replicates the segregationist politics entailed by private lynchings that sought not only to erase the threat of black resistance, but purposefully to rescript it for circulation in white society.
This gives her the energy to rescript her negative self-talk.
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.
Rescript negative messages to include a positive spin.