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dead mail

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  1. dead letter, dead mailnoun

    mail that can neither be delivered nor returned


  1. dead mail

    Dead letter mail or undeliverable mail is mail that cannot be delivered to the addressee or returned to the sender. This is usually due to lack of compliance with postal regulations, an incomplete address and return address, or the inability to forward the mail when both correspondents move before the letter can be delivered. Largely based on the British model that emerged in the late eighteenth century, many countries developed similar systems for processing undeliverable mail. The term 'dead mail' is perhaps a misnomer, and several jurisdictions have opted for the use of the term 'undeliverable mail' as more clearly representing the status of the item whose transmission has been impeded. As it is performed by internal departments within postal administrations, little information about the dead letter office function has ever been made public. A few journal articles and at least one recently published book (Canadian) dealing with this topic have appeared.Classification as a dead letter is one of the few instances where postal personnel are allowed to violate secrecy of correspondence, ostensibly to search for clues as to the letter's origin or destination. Countries must also set up regulations for the disposal of dead letters, particularly when they contain items of value. Some very valuable items have turned up in undeliverable mail, including a stolen painting by Marc Chagall which turned up in a United States Postal Service sorting center in Topeka, Kansas in January 2002.Many countries, including Canada and the United States, have issued special labels for envelopes that have travelled through the dead letter office. Genuinely used examples are highly prized by collectors, although mint labels, because they have no postage value, are often fairly common.


  1. dead mail

    Dead mail refers to undeliverable mail that postal services cannot return to the sender due to lack of return address, incorrect/insufficient address details of the recipient, or the recipient has moved with no forwarding address. This type of mail often ends up in a dead letter office, where attempts may be made to return it to the original sender or properly deliver it to the intended recipient.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dead mail in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dead mail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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