un·said | \ˌən-ˈsed \

Definition of unsaid 

: not said especially : not spoken aloud

Examples of unsaid in a Sentence

I think that some things are better left unsaid.

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But left unsaid Tuesday was which politicians Allen’s new PAC will support. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Travis Allen’s big news: It’s not an endorsement of John Cox," 3 July 2018 What was left unsaid at the time, however, was that the deal was made with two competing goals: to make the 2017–18 roster viable and to brace for life without LeBron. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Months Before LeBron's Free Agency, the Cavaliers Braced for the Worst," 29 June 2018 Left unsaid in campaign material, however, were his views then about bilingualism. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "In college writings, Third District candidate Beej Das compared minority organizations to Nazis," 9 June 2018 What was left unsaid was that Kennedy could have adopted this view in the Wisconsin case but did not. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "Supreme Court refuses to rule on partisan gerrymandering in a setback for reformers," 18 June 2018 Left unsaid was what form any conversations would take, and there was no promise that Mr. Goodell would be directly involved. New York Times, "N.F.L. Agrees to Meet Cheerleaders’ Lawyer, but Doesn’t Accept Settlement Proposal," 4 May 2018 The genial Brunetti is a happily married husband, a caring father, and a patient listener with a virtually ultrasonic sensitivity for the unsaid. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "3 compelling new mystery books," 14 Mar. 2018 Left unsaid: whose idea the meeting was in the first place. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Kim Jong-un Meets With South Korean Leader in Surprise Visit," 26 May 2018 Things have always felt stilted between Brianna and Claire, their relationship heavy with a lot of unsaid words. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 3 Episode 5 Reunites Claire and Jamie—For a Few Moments," 9 Oct. 2017

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unsaid

: thought but not spoken out loud or discussed

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