mis·​sive ˈmi-siv How to pronounce missive (audio)
: 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 Following a missive from Universal Music Group CEO Ludcian Grainge decrying the practice, exclusives died down. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, 1 Feb. 2024 His missive concluded with his intentions to spread positivity and love to other people, including his social media followers. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2024 Ed Hardy swimwear was a riot of happy colors and bright missives about death. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Just 15 percent of those surveyed were regularly confronted with Trump’s online missives, and that minority comprised more Democrats than Republicans. Noah Rothman, National Review, 15 Jan. 2024 Illustration: Orla/Getty Images The turmoil at OpenAI over the past five days has captivated the tech industry and kept entrepreneurs, journalists, and anyone who still has an X account glued to their timelines for the latest emoji updates and lower-case missives. Reece Rogers, WIRED, 22 Nov. 2023 This Times interview with pop music icon Cher, 77, is a real treat, particularly for the casual missives on Madonna and California’s governor, on top of her thoughts on love and aging. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2023 The two didn’t meet in person until a couple years after that initial missive, which is typical for Cuban. Lauren Larson, Men's Health, 7 Sep. 2023 Such missives, sent this year at companies including Meta, Salesforce and Amazon, often follow a familiar structure, providing some rationale for the job cuts while saying an often-awkward goodbye to departing staffers. Chip Cutter, WSJ, 5 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1553, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of missive was circa 1553

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“Missive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missive. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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mis·​sive ˈmis-iv How to pronounce missive (audio)

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