Letters missive
Missive Mis"sive, a. [See {Missive}, n.] 1. Specially sent; intended or prepared to be sent; as, a letter missive. --Ayliffe. [1913 Webster]

2. Missile. ``The missive weapons fly.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Letters missive}, letters conveying the permission, comand, or advice of a superior authority, as a sovereign. They are addressed and sent to some certain person or persons, and are distinguished from letters patent, which are addressed to the public. [1913 Webster]


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  • Missive — Mis sive, a. [See {Missive}, n.] 1. Specially sent; intended or prepared to be sent; as, a letter missive. Ayliffe. [1913 Webster] 2. Missile. The missive weapons fly. Dryden. [1913 Webster] {Letters missive}, letters conveying the permission,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • missive — n. 1 joc. a letter, esp. a long and serious one. 2 an official letter. Phrases and idioms: letter (or letters) missive a letter from a sovereign to a dean and chapter nominating a person to be elected bishop. Etymology: ME f. med.L missivus f. L… …   Useful english dictionary

  • missive — (n.) mid 15c., commandment, noun use of adjective (mid 15c.) meaning sent by superior authority, from M.L. missivus for sending, sent, especially in littera missiva letters sent, from L. missus, pp. of mittere to send (see MISSION (Cf. mission)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • missive — noun /ˈmɪsɪv/ A written message; a letter, note or memo. The Madonna letters, which are interspersed with more personal missives in this curious epistolary memoir, accumulate into a rap about the downsides of celebrity the problems of ageing, of… …   Wiktionary

  • letter missive — pl. letters missive. a letter from an official source expressing a command, permission, invitation, etc. [1400 50; late ME < MF lettre missive or ML littera missiva; see MISSIVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • letter missive — In old English law, a letter from the king or queen to a dean and chapter, containing the name of the person whom he would have them elect as bishop. A request addressed to a peer, peeress, or lord of parliament against whom a bill has been filed …   Black's law dictionary

  • letter missive — In old English law, a letter from the king or queen to a dean and chapter, containing the name of the person whom he would have them elect as bishop. A request addressed to a peer, peeress, or lord of parliament against whom a bill has been filed …   Black's law dictionary

  • letter missive — noun (plural letters missive) Etymology: Middle English lettres missives, letter missive : a letter from a superior authority addressed to a particular individual or group and conveying a command, recommendation, permission, or invitation …   Useful english dictionary

  • letter missive — (also letters missive) noun a letter from the monarch to a dean and chapter nominating a person to be elected bishop …   English new terms dictionary

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