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Meaning of MISSIVE

Pronunciation:  'misiv

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a written message addressed to a person or organization; "mailed an indignant letter to the editor"

MISSIVE is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: letter
 See Also: address, aerogram, aerogramme, air letter, airmail letter, business letter, chain letter, correspondence, cover letter, covering letter, crank letter, dead letter, destination, document, encyclical, encyclical letter, epistle, form letter, invitation, letter of intent, mail, name and address, open letter, pastoral, personal letter, postscript, PS, round robin, text, textual matter



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mis"sive\, a. [See {Missive}, n.]
    1. Specially sent; intended or prepared to be sent; as, a
       letter missive. --Ayliffe.
    2. Missile. ``The missive weapons fly.'' --Dryden.
    {Letters missive}, letters conveying the permission, comand,
       or advice of a superior authority, as a sovereign. They
       are addressed and sent to some certain person or persons,
       and are distinguished from letters patent, which are
       addressed to the public.
  2. \Mis"sive\, n. [F. lettre missive. See {Mission}, n.]
    1. That which is sent; a writing containing a message.
    2. One who is sent; a messenger. [Obs.] --Shak.