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for Letters missive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Missive \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.
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