Missive definition

mĭsĭv
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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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A written message; a letter.
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A letter or written message.
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Specially sent; intended or prepared to be sent.

A letter missive.

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(formal) A written message; a letter, note or memo.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
missive
Plural:
missives

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary