Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • This, however, might easily be explained by assuming that Ezra himself had had a hand in drafting the rescript, which is not impossible.

    Introduction to the Old Testament

  • Here is a pretty little nest of specimens, found in The Times newspaper by Messrs.H. W. and F.G. Fowler, authors of that capital little book The King’s English: —One of the most important reforms mentioned in the rescript is the unification of the organisation of judicial institutions and the guarantee for all the tribunals of the independence necessary for securing to all classes of the community equality before the law.

    V. Interlude: On Jargon

  • One of the most important reforms mentioned in the rescript is the unification of the organization of the judicial institutions and the guarantee for all the tribunals of the independence necessary for securing to all classes of the community equality before the law.

    General.

  • The well-known Imperial rescript, which is kept framed in every school, reads as follows:

    Appearances Being Notes of Travel

  • Even in that phrase the Emperor betrayed the fact that his rescript was the outcome, not of his convictions, but of his imbecility.

    Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysostom

  • The date of the rescript is the third consulship of Antoninus

    Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

  • This rescript, which is in the next chapter of Eusebius (E.H. iv. 13) is in the sole name of Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus Armenius, though Eusebius had just before said that he was going to give us a rescript of Antoninus Pius.

    Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

  • Valesius supposes this to be the letter or rescript which is contained in Eusebius (iv. 13), and to be the answer to the Apology of Melito, of which I shall soon give the substance.

    Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

  • Nowhere in the rescript is the agitation as a system, or repeal as a demand, censured; but some reported violence of speech is disapproved. "

    The Felon's Track History Of The Attempted Outbreak In Ireland, Embracing The Leading Events In The Irish Struggle From The Year 1843 To The Close Of 1848

  • One of the single best ways to rescript limiting beliefs and failure programs within your mind is through the consistent repetition of positive statements about the leader you want to become and the achievements you commit to create.

    The Leader Who Had No Title

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  • "'Here is my direct rescript for your six months' stores; and don't you let those mumping villains at the cooperage-wharf keep you standing off and on. As I said, there is not a moment to lose.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 47

    February 19, 2008