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
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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