mis·​sive | \ ˈmi-siv How to pronounce missive (audio) \

Definition of missive

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The author of the invisible-labor missive Fair Play just released her second book, Find Your Unicorn Space, which helps readers cultivate (or re-cultivate) their creativity. Ew Staff, EW.com, 19 Jan. 2022 At least, that's what Dylan's latest missive suggests. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 10 Jan. 2022 And of course, there is the intricate spiral lock that Mary, Queen of Scots, used for her final missive. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 Dec. 2021 More than 20 anonymous Blue Origin ex-employees signed the letter that group wrote about their former workplace, alongside former Blue Origin communications leader Alexandra Abrams, who attached her name to the missive. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 14 Dec. 2021 Women may no longer appear in dramas and soap operas on television and newswomen must wear the hijab, says the first missive of its kind from the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. Rebecca Davis, Variety, 26 Nov. 2021 Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, placing truth and duty to the public over blind loyalty to Trump, refused to send Clark's false missive. Elie Honig, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 In a statement, Kimbal did not directly address his net worth, but instead sent Forbes a long missive about his investment philosophy and philanthropy. Rachel Sandler, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 But even missing that little detail, the missive is a brutal takedown that mentions their brother's history as a drug addict, serial liar, and absentee father who has had his own problematic relations with women. Lauren Morgan, EW.com, 1 Nov. 2021

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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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27 Jan 2022

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“Missive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missive. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of missive

: a letter or other written message


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