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 Dictionary entry overview: What does missive mean? 

MISSIVE (noun)
  The noun MISSIVE has 1 sense:

1. a written message addressed to a person or organization

  Familiarity information: MISSIVE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

MISSIVE (noun)

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A written message addressed to a person or organization

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


letter; missive

Context example:

mailed an indignant letter to the editor

Hypernyms ("missive" is a kind of...):

document (anything serving as a representation of a person's thinking by means of symbolic marks)

text; textual matter (the words of something written)

Meronyms (parts of "missive"):

postscript; PS (a note appended to a letter after the signature)

address; destination; name and address (written directions for finding some location; written on letters or packages that are to be delivered to that location)

line (text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "missive"):

invitation (a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something)

letter of intent (any letter expressing an intention to take (or forgo) some action)

dead letter; dead mail (mail that can neither be delivered nor returned)

epistle (a specially long, formal letter)

aerogram; aerogramme; air letter; airmail letter (a letter sent by air mail)

round robin (a letter signed by a number of people)

pastoral (a letter from a pastor to the congregation)

chain letter (a letter that is sent successively to several people)

open letter (a letter of protest; addressed to one person but intended for the general public)

form letter (a letter that is printed in multiple copies and mailed to a list of recipients)

personal letter (a letter dealing with personal affairs)

fan letter (a letter that is a piece of fan mail)

encyclical; encyclical letter (a letter from the pope sent to all Roman Catholic bishops throughout the world)

crank letter (a hostile (usually anonymous) letter)

cover letter; covering letter (a letter sent along with other documents to provide additional information)

business letter (a letter dealing with business)

Holonyms ("missive" is a part of...):

correspondence (communication by the exchange of letters)

mail (the bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service)

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