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unwritten

[uhn-rit-n] /ʌnˈrɪt n/
adjective
1.
not actually formulated or expressed; customary; traditional.
2.
not written; not put in writing or print; oral:
an unwritten agreement.
3.
containing no writing; blank.
Origin of unwritten
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English unwriten; see un-1, written
Synonyms
1. implicit, understood, tacit, inferred.
Antonyms
1. specified, stipulated, designated.
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  • All our laws, written and unwritten, value private property above human life.

    Why Marry? Jesse Lynch Williams
  • Can you then assert (asked Socrates) of these unwritten laws that men made them?

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • Mund halten (keep your mouth shut) is the unwritten rule, and every one seems to observe it strictly.

  • The Silvio Pellicos of Pentonville are yet unwritten martyrs.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • He represents the written law, the assembly the unwritten custom or tradition.

British Dictionary definitions for unwritten

unwritten

/ʌnˈrɪtən/
adjective
1.
not printed or in writing
2.
effective only through custom; traditional
3.
without writing upon it
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Word Origin and History for unwritten
adj.

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

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