form letter


Definition of form letter

1 : a letter on a subject of frequent recurrence that can be sent to different people without essential change except in the address
2 : a letter for mass circulation that is printed in many copies and has a very general salutation (such as Dear Friend)

Examples of form letter in a Sentence

The bank sent out thousands of form letters offering its credit card.

Recent Examples on the Web

The Internet service provider urged employees to submit a form letter asking Governor Jerry Brown to veto the net neutrality bill that was recently approved by the state legislature. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Net neutrality gives “free” Internet to Netflix and Google, ISP claims," 10 Sep. 2018 But the betting here is that the Chamber would have sent around a different form letter. Michael Hiltzik,, "What became of the 'uncertainty' meme? As Trumponomics get more unpredictable, U.S. Chamber stops complaining," 25 June 2018 The report said 316 non-form letters included 23 percent in support, 54 percent opposed, and 23 percent who stated no position on the project. Mark Schleifstein,, "Public wants Army Corps to look at Mid-Barataria diversion effects on fisheries, communities," 24 Jan. 2018 The agency has received 70,000 comments, mostly form letters, said a BLM spokesperson, who did not know how many of those comments were opposed to opening the refuge. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal effort to prepare for ANWR lease sale draws big crowd in Anchorage," 31 May 2018 The couple later received a form letter from UH regarding the situation. Julie Washington,, "West Side couple share pain of embryo loss in UH freezer failure," 14 Mar. 2018 The vice consul didn’t explain why there was no check by the line on the form letter indicating that the review remained under way. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Disabled Yemeni Child, Cited in Supreme Court Review of Travel Ban, Gains Entry to U.S.," 26 May 2018 The form letters letting them go were delivered without warning by way of FedEx. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Barbara Bush and Donald Trump responded very differently to the AIDS epidemic," 19 Apr. 2018 Many of the form letters voters receive look like junk mail and aren't even read, this side says. Stephen Koff,, "As Supreme Court hears voting case, partisans argue their sides outside (video)," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of form letter

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of form letter was in 1909

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English Language Learners Definition of form letter

: a letter that has a standard form and is sent to many people

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not constant or steady

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