Rescripts

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rescript

1. 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. The official written answer of the pope upon a question of canon law, or morals.

3. A counterpart.

Origin: L. Rescriptum: cf. F. Rescrit, formerly also spelt rescript. See Rescribe.