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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
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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Examples for unspoken
  • We were all excited, but there was an unspoken air of pressure looming on all of us.
  • It turns out that many people don't know these things because they go unspoken for one reason or another.
  • And to keep others waiting for half an hour violates a pretty serious, if unspoken, social norm.
  • Contributing to this febrile atmosphere is an unspoken fear.
  • The rationale behind that reasoning was unspoken, and much nastier: people on welfare use drugs.
  • Now that system, and its unspoken compromises, lies in ruins.
  • Greed, profits, living large are the unspoken mantras of all too many in the board room.
  • It's as if the unspoken rule of automotive journalism is that everyone really wants a sports car.
  • His music can evoke violence not shown, the fear of the unseen, unspoken thoughts.
  • Their main, but unspoken, purpose is to perpetuate an elite.
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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