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Rescript \Re"script\ (r?"skr?pt), n. [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.

  2. (R.C.Ch.) The official written answer of the pope upon a question of canon law, or morals.

  3. A counterpart.


n. 1 The answer of an emperor (originally the Roman Emperor) when formally consulted by a magistrate or other persons on some difficult point of law. 2 The official written answer of the Pope upon a question of canon law, or morals. 3 A duplicate copy of a legal document. 4 A rewriting, a document copied or written again. vb. (context transitive English) To script again or anew.

  1. n. a reply by a Pope to an inquiry concerning a point of law or morality

  2. 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" [syn: decree, edict, fiat, order]

  3. the act of rewriting something [syn: revision, revisal, revise]

  4. something that has been written again; "the rewrite was much better" [syn: rewrite, revision]


In legal terminology, a rescript is a document that is issued not on the initiative of the author, but in response (it literally means 'written back') to a specific demand made by its addressee. It does not apply to more general legislation.

Usage examples of "rescript".

He was branded a traitor by some people, forced to resign his position for the offense of lese majeste, and became the target of polemical attacks that charged him with possessing allegiances incompatible with the responsibilities to emperor and nation required of subjects in the educational rescript.

Radio announcers immediately summarized the rescript and its import in everyday language.

It appears, however, that about forty years afterwards the emperor Valerian was persuaded of the truth of this assertion, since in one of his rescripts he evidently supposes, that senators, Roman knights, and ladies of quality, were engaged in the Christian sect.

At all events, it was felt that the rescript would baulk the efforts of the Young Irelanders to engage any portion of the priesthood on their side, and greatly lessen the chances of their success.

The imperial rescript released on January 1 was a distinctly Japanized rendering of the Blyth draft.

  The rescripts of the emperor, his grants and decrees, his edicts and pragmatic sanctions, were subscribed in purple ink, ^47 and transmitted to the provinces as general or special laws, which the magistrates were bound to execute, and the people to obey.

For some months Japan had been having trouble with Russia, and the emperor's divine word to his people had reached even remote Kauai, where with trembling voice Ishii-san had read the rescript to all the assembled Japanese: "As it is Our heartfelt desire to maintain the peace of the East, We have caused Our government to negotiate with Russia, but We are now compelled to conclude that the Russian government has no sincere desire to maintain the peace of the East.

All because things hadn't gone as he'd planned—because she'd rescripted his grand gesture for him, and he hadn't got to play the role he'd expected.

She'd initiated the charade, but now he'd taken control and was rescripting her role to suit his own needs.

Moreover, we find that Pliny, and other ancient authors, report a multitude of rescripts of the emperors from the time of Augustus.

Would you have her issue blunt rescripts like the Radisha and Protector?

They also brought in a couple of rescripts they found posted on the official announcement pillars.

You have taken breaks to issue some fairly bewildering rescripts, though.

I don’t have the manpower to cover the entire city but I can see that new rescripts are posted in the more important places.

Now that his public life was over, he published a collection of the state papers composed by him under the Gothic rulers from Theodoric to Vitigis: for the most part royal rescripts addressed to foreign powers and to officials of the kingdom.