a. The act of rewriting.
b. Something that has been rewritten.
2. A formal decree or edict.
3. Roman Catholic Church A response from the pope or another ecclesiastical authority to a question regarding discipline or doctrine.
4. A reply from a Roman emperor to a magistrate's query about a point of law.
[Latin rescrīptum, from neuter past participle of rescrībere, to write back : re-, re- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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