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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
1325-75; Middle English unspokyn. See un-1, spoken

unspeak

[uhn-speek] /ʌnˈspik/
verb (used with object), unspoke, unspoken, unspeaking. Obsolete
1.
to recant; unsay.
Origin
1595-1605; un-2 + speak
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  • But in her troubled eyes he could read that unspoken inquiry.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • And a second time he nodded acquiescence to his unspoken thought.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • His answer was another kiss, and as he turned toward his dressing closet, her heart ached with unspoken tenderness.

    Idle Hour Stories Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  • A rattle of firearms far off on the other side of the river left it unspoken.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • A loving smile of unspoken approval, that made Betty's heart glow with pleasure, lighted Mrs. Sherman's face for an instant.

    The Little Colonel's House Party Annie Fellows Johnston
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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