• WordNet 3.6
    • n rescript something that has been written again "the rewrite was much better"
    • n rescript the act of rewriting something
    • n rescript a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge) "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
    • n rescript a reply by a Pope to an inquiry concerning a point of law or morality
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rescript A counterpart.
    • Rescript (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."
    • Rescript (R.C.Ch) The official written answer of the pope upon a question of canon law, or morals.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rescript The written answer of an emperor or a pope to questions of jurisprudence officially propounded to him; hence, an edict or decree.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rescript rē′skript the official answer of a pope or an emperor to any legal question: an edict or decree
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. rescriptum,: cf. F. rescrit, formerly also spelt rescript,. See Rescribe,(v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. rescriptumre-, back, scribĕre, scriptum, to write.


In literature:

The two parties assembled, without arms, in the principal square; and the Imperial rescript was publicly read.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 3" by Edward Gibbon
It was a commissary sent to me from the post-office, with a rescript in his hand for the payment of some six livres odd sous.
"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" by Laurence Sterne
At this point of the proceedings Pelopidas was asked by the king, what special clause he desired inserted in the royal rescript.
"Hellenica" by Xenophon
They had been admitted by rescript to the Five Ports, but no further.
"The Awakening of China" by W.A.P. Martin
Antoninus Pius is said to have published rescripts to the same effect.
"Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
In the following year a rescript, more in their favor than former ones, was obtained by Athens.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia" by George Rawlinson
There was audacious quackery in a stage rescript from Moscow.
"The History of Napoleon Buonaparte" by John Gibson Lockhart
No less than this would have sufficed to gain for you this rescript of Her Majesty.
"In the Irish Brigade" by G. A. Henty
The date of the present rescript is not accurately fixed.
"The Annals of the Cakchiquels" by Daniel G. Brinton
The rescript was in theory worse than the Stamp Act.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2" by Egerton Ryerson

In news:

English rugby writers had a busy Saturday night as their pre-written obituaries on the nation's November series had to be hastily rescripted into paeans of praise in the wake of the astonishing events at Twickenham.