from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of rewriting.
- n. Something that has been rewritten.
- n. A formal decree or edict.
- n. Roman Catholic Church A response from the pope or another ecclesiastical superior to a question regarding discipline or doctrine.
- n. A reply from a Roman emperor to a magistrate's query about a point of law.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The answer of an emperor (originally the Roman Emperor) when formally consulted by a magistrate or other persons on some difficult point of law.
- n. The official written answer of the Pope upon a question of canon law, or morals.
- n. A duplicate copy of a legal document.
- n. A rewriting, a document copied or written again.
- v. To script again or anew.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The answer of an emperor when formallyconsulted by particular persons on some difficult question; hence, an edict or decree.
- n. The official written answer of the pope upon a question of canon law, or morals.
- n. A counterpart.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The written answer of an emperor or a pope to questions of jurisprudence officially propounded to him; hence, an edict or decree.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of rewriting something
- n. a reply by a Pope to an inquiry concerning a point of law or morality
- n. a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
- n. something that has been written again
Latin rescrīptum, from neuter past participle of rescrībere, to write back : re-, re- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)