not actually formulated or expressed; customary; traditional.
not written; not put in writing or print; oral: an unwritten agreement.
containing no writing; blank.

Nearby words

  1. unworthy,
  2. unwound,
  3. unwrap,
  4. unwreathe,
  5. unwrinkle,
  6. unwritten constitution,
  7. unwritten law,
  8. unyielding,
  9. unyoke,
  10. unzip

Origin of unwritten

1325–75; Middle English unwriten; see un-1, written

ANTONYMS FOR unwritten
1. specified, stipulated, designated.

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British Dictionary definitions for unwritten



not printed or in writing
effective only through custom; traditional
without writing upon it
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Word Origin and History for unwritten



mid-14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of write (v.). Cf. Old English unwriten, Old Norse uritinn.

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