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missive (n.)

by c. 1500, "a written message sent by superior authority; a commandment," noun use of the adjective (mid-15c.) meaning "sent by superior authority" (in phrase lettres missives) from Medieval Latin missivus "for sending, sent," especially in littera missiva "letters sent," from Latin missus, past participle of mittere "to send" (see mission).

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Definitions of missive

missive (n.)
a written message addressed to a person or organization;
Synonyms: letter
From wordnet.princeton.edu