unspoken

adjective
un·spo·ken | \ ˌən-ˈspō-kən \

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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As the nation remembers King's assassination in Memphis 50 years ago, there's another largely unspoken question: What if King had survived? John Blake, CNN, "The question that haunts Martin Luther King's last day in Memphis," 3 Apr. 2018 The wild arpeggios of the violin sounded like an unspoken truth: Some good little children die in the snow. Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’," 21 Feb. 2018 There’s this powerful eruption of unspoken truth that needs to be unpacked. Rhonda Garelick As Told To Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Meet Rhonda Garelick, the Cut’s Critic of Fashion, Aesthetics, and Politics," 1 Feb. 2018 The theater of feminine vengeance is a curious one, born of an oft-unspoken recognition that women are disproportionately targeted by any number of entities inflicting pain. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Sweet Revenge of Ocean’s 8," 12 June 2018 Throughout the modern presidency there has been an unspoken, and generally observed, awareness of the impropriety of criticizing a private sector company from the bully pulpit of the Oval Office. Fox News, "Trump's Amazon bashing walks a fine ethical line, experts say," 5 Apr. 2018 As seen by those inside the club world, the real, if unspoken, issue is political correctness. William Stadiem, Town & Country, "Can Harvard's Storied Final Clubs Resist the Tides of Change?," 2 Aug. 2016 There’s a fundamental element of the US immigration debate — a moral element — that typically goes unspoken in the national conversation. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Fox & Friends host justifies family separation on the grounds that “these aren’t our kids”," 22 June 2018 The movement made intense intellectual contributions, as a generation of black Catholic activist-scholars challenged the unspoken but ever-present assumption that white ways of being Catholic were the right ways to be Catholic. Smithsonian, "The History of Black Catholics in America," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of unspoken

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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