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 There is no time period for the quarantine, according to a form letter the health department shared with The Herald-Times. Michael Reschke, The Indianapolis Star, "6 more Greek houses at IU directed to quarantine," 1 Sep. 2020 The group that organized the pro-tax cut form letter campaign is Brighter Oregon, a coalition of business interests including Oregon Business & Industry that says its goal is for state government to operate more effectively and efficiently. oregonlive, "Oregon businesses bury lawmakers with copycat pleas to protect new tax breaks," 14 Aug. 2020 Strangers formed letter-writing campaigns and action networks. Washington Post, "The Women’s March sparked a ‘resistance.’ Three years later, it’s a movement struggling to find relevance.," 12 Jan. 2020 The Electronic Frontier Foundation offers a simple guide on its website, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center has a handy draft form letter to use in cases where companies don’t offer web forms. Geoffrey Fowler, Washington Post, "Don’t sell my data! Now there’s a law for that — if you jump through these hoops," 6 Feb. 2020 That did not sway the government’s trade office, the USTR, which in late September posted a one-page form letter saying that Elrod had failed to demonstrate his products weren’t available outside of China. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "How Trump’s Trade War Is Making Lobbyists Rich And Slamming Small Businesses," 6 Jan. 2020 Leaving a form letter to explain his departure made already miserable players angry. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL's 100 worst teams of all time: Could Dolphins, Redskins join most hopeless in history?," 9 Oct. 2019 The form letter says your file had been locked, which is not the same thing as it being frozen. cleveland, "Is your credit locked? Frozen? Thawed? How to find out: Money Matters," 8 Dec. 2019 An editor asked Cook to look into a form letter from the FEC to Hunter's campaign. Brian Stelter, CNN, "How a local newspaper reporter helped expose Rep. Duncan Hunter's corruption," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of form letter

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Sep 2020

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“Form letter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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