open letter


Definition of open letter

: a published letter of protest or appeal usually addressed to an individual but intended for the general public

Examples of open letter in a Sentence

In an open letter to the company, a citizens' group implored company executives to reconsider their decision to close the factory.
Recent Examples on the Web Mundo Deportivo highlight how previous president Josep Bartomeu mentioned the companies involved in the deal in an open letter published last year but in relation to a potential takeover of Barca Corporate instead. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 13 May 2022 In February, a group of prominent Chinese university professors condemned Russia’s invasion in an open letter published on WeChat. Wenxin Fan, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 In an open letter published Saturday, a group of professors from universities in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macao called on Russia to stop the war. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2022 The renewal announcement came with an open letter published by the show's creators, which explains that the upcoming season will also be the last of the series. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Feb. 2022 Earlier this month, Sorokin wrote about her current situation and the new show in an open letter published by Insider. Natasha Dado,, 10 Feb. 2022 The information was requested in an open letter published on Dec. 22. Jem Aswad, Variety, 7 Jan. 2022 In an open letter published in the Star Tribune of Minneapolis and the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, the executives of nine large health care providers said their emergency rooms are over capacity and their hospital beds are filled. NBC News, 14 Dec. 2021 In an open letter published last month by The Guardian, Google employees called on their employer to cancel the contract. New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of open letter

1898, in the meaning defined above

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27 May 2022

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“Open letter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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