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rescript Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a reply by a Pope to an inquiry concerning a point of law or morality
  2. noun a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
    edict; fiat; decree; order.
    • a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there
  3. noun the act of rewriting something
    revisal; revise; revision.
  4. noun something that has been written again
    revision; rewrite.
    • the rewrite was much better

Re"script noun
L. rescriptum: cf. F. rescrit, formerly also spelt rescript. See Rescribe,v. t.
  1. (Rom.Antiq.) The answer of an emperor when formallyconsulted by particular persons on some difficult question; hence, an edict or decree.
    In their rescripts and other ordinances, the Roman emperors spoke in the plural number. Hare.
  2. (R.C.Ch.) The official written answer of the pope upon a question of canon law, or morals.
  3. A counterpart. Bouvier.

Webster 1913