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noun

    The definition of a missive is a long letter, especially one written in a formal or official capacity.

    An example of a missive is a long letter to the editor.

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missive

a letter or written message

Origin of missive

French (lettre) missive from Medieval Latin missivus from Classical Latin missus, past participle of mittere, to send: see mission

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missive

noun

A written message; a letter. See Synonyms at letter .

Origin of missive

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

THE AMERICAN HERITAGE® DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, FIFTH EDITION by the Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries. Copyright © 2016, 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Noun

(plural missives)

  1. (formal) A written message ; a letter , note or memo .
Adjective

(not comparable)

  1. Specially sent; intended or prepared to be sent.
    a letter missive
  2. missile
Origin

15th Century; from Medieval Latin missivus, from mittere (“to send”).

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  • Do not threaten, bully or otherwise lose the professional tone of your missive.
  • Sitting down with some cookies, cocoa and Christmas-styled stationery to draft a missive to the jolly old elf can be one of the most magical things you do during the holiday season.
  • My letters are so small none will ever see my missive, but there it will remain and give me strength for what I am now resigned I must do.
  • A licence under the Great Seal to proceed to the election of a bishop, known as the conge d’eslire, together with a letter missive containing the name of the king’s nominee, is thereupon sent to the dean and chapter, who are bound under the penalties of Praemunire to proceed within twelve days to the election of the person named in it.
  • It was the hand of the author of that offensive Missive to Frederick William III., on the liberty of the press, that drafted the Carlsbad decrees; it was he who inspired the policy of repressing the freedom of the universities; and he noted in his diary as “a day more important than that of Leipzig” the session of the Vienna conference of 1819, in which it was decided to make the convocation of representative assemblies in the German states impossible, by enforcing the letter of Article XIII.
 
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Definition of missive in English:

missive

noun

humorous

  • 1A letter, especially a long or official one.

    ‘yet another missive from the Foreign Office’
    • ‘As she ended her words to the counsel, she handed over both the missive and the threatening note to a page who delivered it to Captain Allende.’
    • ‘However, while this forum is almost certainly the only one in the country prepared to indulge readers’ missives on the topic, it is also demonstrably the least (if at all) legitimate target.’
    • ‘I haven’t been hit with unsolicited electronic missives during the couple of weeks I’ve been testing the service.’
    • ‘These missives all went directly to McCrann’s personal email.’
    • ‘As it is, he constantly whisks electronic missives to staff and customers – his email address is made public – singing praises and responding to problems.’
    • ‘I noted that all such missives contained the same message – don’t draw attention to Red Sea diving or you’ll get it a bad name.’
    • ‘While we were checking, we got a missive direct from Net Authority Investigations noting the following.’
    • ‘Firstly, you wouldn’t think a member of this group could misspell ‘Christian,’ but sure enough, one of the missives had the word as ‘Christain’ three times.’
    • ‘There were also a surprising number of missives about the value of local credit unions (indeed, adding them together, credit unions were also tied in second place).’
    • ‘Unlike the first letter way back in November, these later missives brought a response.’
    • ‘Soon after his installation in Chicago, George was dubbed ‘Francis the Corrector’ for missives he sent to pastors on various liturgical issues.’
    • ‘Space, he said, was the reason given when he called the paper to complain – although he remains convinced that his incorrect perspective on world affairs is the real explanation his missives were consigned to the rubbish bin.’
    • ‘This was in the days before the internet and I, as a young cub reporter, had to send my missives from the front line back to the Telegraph by carrier pigeon.’
    • ‘The Herald’s letters page erupted with angry missives from teachers and parents.’
    • ‘Quite honestly, I had forgotten about the electronic missive, but I searched through my archives to find a copy.’
    • ‘He began to go through the drawers, letter slots, pulling out and examining notes and missives.’
    • ‘Quickly dubbed ‘the French letter,’ the missive became an object of derision and only heightened contempt for French actions.’
    • ‘Crikey, your recent twitterings have made me realise that I omitted a word from my last missive, which you were apparently so taken by.’
    • ‘As a tactic, this may be appropriate for missives directed at MPs, which was the last campaign sponsored by the group of private-sector organisations.’
    • ‘Susan Peters, I’m given to understand that some of his missives, his letters, are rather personal.’
    message, communication, letter, word, note, memorandum, line, report, bulletin, communiqué, dispatch, intelligence, piece of information, news, notification, announcement, greeting, epistle

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    1. 1.1Scots Law A document in the form of a letter exchanged by the parties to a contract.
      See also conclude missives at conclude
      • ‘The real problem is the failure to exchange formal contract letters, or missives, quickly enough.’
      • ‘Many people do not consult a solicitor about the missives they are about to sign.’
      • ‘It is increasingly common for missives to be in an unconcluded state until shortly before or even at the date of entry.’

Origin

Late Middle English (as an adjective, originally in the phrase letter missive): from medieval Latin missivus, from Latin mittere ‘send’. The current sense dates from the early 16th century.

Pronunciation

missive

/ˈmɪsɪv/

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missivemis‧sive /ˈmɪsɪv/ noun [countable] literary
 
 
TCMa letter – often used humorously
 An anonymous missive had been pushed under her door.

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missiveHis main activity is running to the mailbox to look for missives from his beloved.Even now, her missive was not long and, as if to aid its content , was accompanied by a family photograph .He recited the indignant missive about the kippers and toast . Users can send as many love missives as they like, one at a time.Equally intriguing are the missives from my brother , the newspaper cuttings that arrive every three weeks or so.The missive points out that the Web is getting faster and easier to use, giving people more access to multimedia creativity .Neil Kinnock has been sent three Tyler missives and responded , albeit in plain prose .If your missive is addressed to your colleagues , then jargon may be acceptable shorthand .Origin missive (1500-1600) French lettre missive letter intended to be sent

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