- not actually formulated or expressed; customary; traditional.
- not written; not put in writing or print; oral: an unwritten agreement.
- containing no writing; blank.
Origin of unwritten
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1. implicit, understood, tacit, inferred.
1. specified, stipulated, designated.
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Examples from the Web for unwritten
Since 2007, Maulvi Nazir and the Pakistani military had kept to an unwritten truce.Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan
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That's precisely the unwritten policy every gay player has adhered to in the history of the NFL.Michael Sam Is Not a ‘Distraction’
February 12, 2014
A lot of what made the old budgeting system work—the system of 1921-1974—was a set of unwritten norms and conventions.Dead on Arrival (Updated)
February 15, 2012
But it does seem a bit odd that this massive change to the (unwritten) British constitution was not trailed.Is Kate Preggers?
November 6, 2011
And for the most part, they are correct – there is an unwritten understanding that all encounters are confidential.Priests Who Hired Me for Sex
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It was part of a code no less binding because it was unwritten.Way of the Lawless
Among the unwritten chapters is one which touches a problem.Lotus Buds
Can you then assert (asked Socrates) of these unwritten laws that men made them?The Memorabilia
The Silvio Pellicos of Pentonville are yet unwritten martyrs.A Day's Ride
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An unwritten law of the West he broke by letting the snake go.Rim o' the World
B. M. Bower
- not printed or in writing
- effective only through custom; traditional
- without writing upon it
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Word Origin and History for unwritten
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