letter missive


letter missive
In old English law, a letter from the king or queen to a dean and chapter, containing the name of the person whom he would have them elect as bishop. A request addressed to a peer, peeress, or lord of parliament against whom a bill has been filed desiring the defendant to appear and answer to the bill. In civil-law practice, the phrase "letters missive," or "letters dimissory," is sometimes used to denote the papers sent up on an appeal by the judge or court below to the superior tribunal, otherwise called the "apostles" (q.v.)

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • letter missive — noun (plural letters missive) Etymology: Middle English lettres missives, letter missive : a letter from a superior authority addressed to a particular individual or group and conveying a command, recommendation, permission, or invitation …   Useful english dictionary

  • letter missive — pl. letters missive. a letter from an official source expressing a command, permission, invitation, etc. [1400 50; late ME < MF lettre missive or ML littera missiva; see MISSIVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • letter missive — (also letters missive) noun a letter from the monarch to a dean and chapter nominating a person to be elected bishop …   English new terms dictionary

  • letter missive — In old English law, a letter from the king or queen to a dean and chapter, containing the name of the person whom he would have them elect as bishop. A request addressed to a peer, peeress, or lord of parliament against whom a bill has been filed …   Black's law dictionary

  • letter missive — A summons issued by the chancellor directing a peer to defend a suit in equity; a royal letter nominating a bishop …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Missive — Mis sive, a. [See {Missive}, n.] 1. Specially sent; intended or prepared to be sent; as, a letter missive. Ayliffe. [1913 Webster] 2. Missile. The missive weapons fly. Dryden. [1913 Webster] {Letters missive}, letters conveying the permission,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • missive — /mis iv/, n. 1. a written message; letter. adj. 2. sent or about to be sent, esp. of a letter from an official source. [1400 50; late ME (letter) missive < ML (littera) missiva sent (letter), equiv. to L miss(us) (ptp. of mittere to send) + iva,… …   Universalium

  • missive — noun 1》 formal or humorous a letter. 2》 Scots Law a document in the form of a letter interchanged by the parties to a contract. Phrases conclude missives Scots Law sign a contract with the vendor of a property or piece of land to signify change… …   English new terms dictionary

  • missive — mis•sive [[t]ˈmɪs ɪv[/t]] n. a written message; letter • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME (letter) missive < ML (littera) missīva sent (letter) …   From formal English to slang

  • letter — {{11}}letter (n.1) c.1200, graphic symbol, alphabetic sign, written character, from O.Fr. letre (10c., Mod.Fr. lettre) character, letter; missive, note, in plural, literature, writing, learning, from L. littera (also litera) letter of the… …   Etymology dictionary