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unspoken

[uhn-spoh-kuh n] /ʌnˈspoʊ kən/
adjective
1.
implied or understood without being spoken or uttered.
2.
not addressed (usually followed by to).
3.
not talking; silent.
Origin of unspoken
1325-1375
First recorded in 1325-75, unspoken is from the Middle English word unspokyn. See un-1, spoken

unspeak

[uhn-speek] /ʌnˈspik/
verb (used with object), unspoke, unspoken, unspeaking. Obsolete.
1.
to recant; unsay.
Origin
First recorded in 1595-1605; un-2 + speak
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  • When this room had last been lighted, the parable of the Virgins of the Lamps was yet unspoken.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • And a second time he nodded acquiescence to his unspoken thought.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • "I don't understand this," said Greer, in answer to Madden's unspoken perplexity.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • A rattle of firearms far off on the other side of the river left it unspoken.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • She paused, and Wrayson, without hesitation, answered her unspoken question.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for unspoken

unspoken

/ʌnˈspəʊkən/
adjective
1.
understood without needing to be spoken; tacit
2.
not uttered aloud

unspeak

/ʌnˈspiːk/
verb -speaks, -speaking, -spoke, -spoken
1.
an obsolete word for unsay
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Word Origin and History for unspoken
adj.

late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of speak. Cf. Middle Dutch ongesproken, Middle Low German ungesproken.

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