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 — [ misiv ] adj. f. et n. f. • 1456; du lat. missus, p. p. de mittere « envoyer » 1 ♦ Dr. Lettre missive : tout écrit qu une personne envoie à une autre par l intermédiaire d un particulier ou de la poste (lettre, carte postale, carte télégramme,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • missive — Missive. Ce terme n est en usage à l adjectif que dans cette phrase, Lettre missive, qui signifie proprement une lettre escrite pour envoyer a quelqu un. Il est un peu plus usité dans le substantif, mais il est renfermé dans le style familier, &… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Missive — Mis sive, n. [F. lettre missive. See {Mission}, n.] 1. That which is sent; a writing containing a message. [1913 Webster] 2. One who is sent; a messenger. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • missive — [mis′iv] n. [Fr (lettre) missive < ML missivus < L missus, pp. of mittere, to send: see MISSION] a letter or written message …   English World dictionary

  • Missīve — (lat.), soviel wie Sendschreiben …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Missive — Missīve (lat.), Sendschreiben, amtliche Zufertigung …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • missive — index dispatch (message), note (brief comment) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law 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 — *letter, epistle, note, message, dispatch, report, memorandum …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • missive — [n] written communication dispatch, epistle, letter, line, memo, memorandum, message, note, report, word; concepts 271,278 …   New thesaurus

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