Definition of missive in English:


Line breaks: mis|sive
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪsɪv


often • humorous
  • 1A letter, especially a long or official one: yet another missive from the Foreign Office
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    • 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.
    message, communication, letter, word, note, memorandum, line, report, bulletin, communiqué, dispatch, intelligence, piece of information, news, notification, announcement, greeting, epistle
    informal memo
    literary tidings
  • 1.1 Scots Law A document in the form of a letter exchanged by the parties to a contract. See also conclude missives at conclude.
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    • The real problem is the failure to exchange formal contract letters, or missives, quickly enough.
    • It is increasingly common for missives to be in an unconcluded state until shortly before or even at the date of entry.
    • Many people do not consult a solicitor about the missives they are about to sign.


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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