Mis"sive (?), a. [See Missive, n.]

1.

Specially sent; intended or prepared to be sent; as, a letter missive.

Ayliffe.

2.

Missile.

"The missive weapons fly."

Dryden.

Letters missive, letters conveying the permission, comand, or advice of a superior authority, as a sovereign. They are addressed and sent to some certain person or persons, and are distinguished from letters patent, which are addressed to the public.

 

© Webster 1913.


Mis"sive, n. [F. lettre missive. See Mission, n.]

1.

That which is sent; a writing containing a message.

2.

One who is sent; a messenger.

[Obs.]

Shak.

 

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