unspoken

adjective
un·​spo·​ken | \ ˌən-ˈspō-kən How to pronounce unspoken (audio) \

Definition of unspoken

: not spoken : expressed or understood without being directly stated an unspoken agreement/assumption an unspoken rule
unspoken to
: not spoken to … she had sat the whole evening through in the same chair without occupation, not speaking, and unspoken to.— Anthony Trollope

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But the unspoken coziness of his current situation suggests otherwise. Conor Orr, SI.com, "OK, OK, But How Much Would Tom Brady Get From a New Team in Free Agency?," 6 Aug. 2019 Neighborhood lines can act as unspoken boundaries between Chicagoans. Marie Fazio, chicagotribune.com, "‘We’re a family community’: Teens lead tours to show the real North Lawndale," 26 July 2019 Yet in its essence, this was a system that rested on spoken and unspoken threats of coercion and violence. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 July 2019 At the same time, denying them access to the city’s biggest public housing developments — which had been unspoken city policy — was blatantly discriminatory. Adrian Walker, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Housing Authority chief Bill McGonagle, the city’s landlord, takes his leave," 7 July 2019 Laureano’s decision to turn a single into a double — to take risks in big games against first-place teams and defy unspoken guidelines for how to play the game the right way — is reminiscent of some other Bay Area sports icons. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "A closer look at Ramon Laureano’s extraordinary July," 20 July 2019 In hiding the truth from Nai Nai, the family is merely taking a common cultural belief to a logical extreme: Cathartic hugs and tears are all well and good, but the most profound expressions of love are those that remain oblique and unspoken. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Delightful ‘The Farewell,’ starring Awkwafina, shows us a family divided," 18 July 2019 There is also the ever-present and always unspoken shadow of doping, a generational elixir for cyclists that just might be a touch rarer today. Michael Powell, New York Times, "On the Road With the Tour de France," 18 July 2019 In hiding the truth from Nai Nai, the family is merely taking a common cultural belief to a logical extreme: Cathartic hugs and tears are all well and good, but the most profound expressions of love are those that remain oblique and unspoken. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: Lulu Wang's delightful 'The Farewell,' starring Awkwafina, shows us a family divided," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of unspoken

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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unspoken

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unspoken

: expressed or understood without being directly stated

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