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 for 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.
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     2. Missile. "The missive weapons fly." --Dryden.
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     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Missive \Mis"sive\, n. [F. lettre missive. See Mission, n.]
     1. That which is sent; a writing containing a message.
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     2. One who is sent; a messenger. [Obs.] --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  missive
      n 1: a written message addressed to a person or organization;
           "mailed an indignant letter to the editor" [syn: letter,
           missive]

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