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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
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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  • The consequences of breaking the unwritten code can be severe.
  • Let's all reach an unwritten agreement to ban the use of metaphors involving electronics.
  • Yet even after the last miner was lifted to safety, the drama's ending was unwritten.
  • The unwritten films are red if they contain gold particles and yellow if they contain silver.
  • He died before his note was discovered, his proof apparently unwritten.
  • Society is powerful precisely because its unwritten laws weigh upon us heavily enough to be palpable.
  • My own taste has always been for unwritten history, and my present business is with the reverse of the picture.
  • It's an unwritten rule: each president gets one foreign policy doctrine.
  • It is one of the unwritten laws of business, a matter of simple percentages.
  • Many are still unwritten, some have yet to be named and many will probably disappear.
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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