An example of a missive is a long letter to the editor.
A letter missive.
Other Word Forms
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").