rescript

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noun re·script \ˈrē-ˌskript\

Definition of rescript

  1. 1 :  a written answer of a Roman emperor or of a pope to a legal inquiry or petition

  2. 2 :  an official or authoritative order, decree, edict, or announcement

  3. 3 :  an act or instance of rewriting

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Examples of rescript in a Sentence

  1. even though there was never an official rescript ordering mass genocide, that was indeed the intent and effect of the government's policy

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When Should You Use rescript?

Rescript was first used in the 15th century for the written reply of a sovereign or pope to a question about some matter of law or state, and then for any type of authoritative declaration. Since the 19th century, however, it has also seen use as a synonym of rewrite. Charlotte Brontë, for one, used the word this way in her novel Villette. "I wrote [the letter] three times ... subduing the phrases at every rescript," her narrator confesses.

Origin and Etymology of rescript

Middle English rescripte, from Latin rescriptum, from neuter of rescriptus, past participle of rescribere to write in reply, from re- + scribere to write — more at scribe



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