Definition of missive in English:

missive

Syllabification: mis·sive
Pronunciation: /ˈmisiv
 
/

noun

A letter, especially a long or official one: he hastily banged out electronic missives
More example sentences
  • 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 haven't been hit with unsolicited electronic missives during the couple of weeks I've been testing the service.
  • Quite honestly, I had forgotten about the electronic missive, but I searched through my archives to find a copy.
Synonyms
message, communication, letter, word, note, email, memorandum, line, communiqué, dispatch, news
informal memo
formal epistle
literary tidings

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.

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