mis·sive | \ ˈmi-siv \

Definition of missive 

: a written communication : letter wrote a lengthy missive to her father

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Examples of missive in a Sentence

She received yet another lengthy missive from her father. the two old friends like to fire off missives filled with good-natured teasing and mock insults

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Trump's criticism of Pfizer's price hikes followed similar missives on the subject in the past. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Pfizer reverses drug price increases after President Trump blasted the company," 11 July 2018 Following the photographer in the season, and in the courtroom, are essentially the rest of Team Tape, despite the fact that some of the individuals on Hannah’s final missives have a difficult road to the witness’ stand. refinery29.com, "13 Reasons Why Review: Season 2 Is Even Better Than The Last One," 16 May 2018 Hence, the almost weekly public apologies of personalities both famous and faint for crude, rude, thoughtless or worse electronic missives. SFChronicle.com, "A long tradition: Americans behaving badly," 5 July 2018 The Twitter missive was an acknowledgment that the legislative branch is unlikely to accomplish much without an historic and exceedingly unlikely rules change. Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Governing Just Like Obama With Congress Gridlocked," 3 Apr. 2018 News from the battlefield has been scarce but for a handful of missives delivered by those brave enough to keep tweeting. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "‘No place to recharge my Kindle’: Letters imagine the front lines of America’s ‘second civil war’," 3 July 2018 Stephan Plannck, a 15th Century printer, made copies of the missive shortly after the explorer penned it in 1493 to share news of Columbus’ travels with the rest of Europe, authorities said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "ICE tracks down 500-year-old stolen Columbus letter, sends it back to Spain," 7 June 2018 The missives allegedly suggested a pay-to-play relationship. Sara Murray, CNN, "How cocktail party chatter led a Trump ally to claim a 'deep state' conspiracy," 23 May 2018 The missive was sent by Daniel Pinto, co-president and head of JPMorgan’s corporate and investment bank, and Mary Callahan Erdoes, head of JPMorgan’s asset-and-wealth-management unit. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "JPMorgan Asks Several Dozen Staff to Move Due to Brexit," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of missive

circa 1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for missive

Middle French lettre missive, literally, letter intended to be sent

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The first known use of missive was circa 1553

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: a letter or other written message


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occurring twice a year or every two years

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