letter missive

noun

plural letters missive
: a letter from a superior authority addressed to a particular individual or group and conveying a command, recommendation, permission, or invitation

Word History

Etymology

Middle English lettres missives, letter missive

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of letter missive was in the 15th century

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“Letter missive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letter%20missive. Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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