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

Examples of unspoken in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lem is gay, which is a large (albeit unspoken) part of the reason Jack trusts him with Jackie. Anna Pitoniak, Washington Post, 13 June 2022 Courageous conversations are dialogues about difficult, often unspoken and possibly taboo issues that are brought to the center stage for awareness, reflection, unlearning and productive action to rectify as needed. Arthi Rabikrisson, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Patrick also naturally seems to ease the unspoken awkwardness between them, and soon the three of them have become a happy platonic throuple, having the kind of young-people fun that movie montages are made of. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 12 Sep. 2022 It is built on the unspoken assumption that policies relying on the veracity of the Phillips curve will determine the future course of U.S. inflation. WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 Other losses are difficult to wrap our minds around and often go unspoken. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2022 Mirroring each other’s style can be an unspoken way of communicating the strength of your bond to the world. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 30 Aug. 2022 Powell acknowledged the rate increases will hurt U.S. households and businesses, in perhaps an unspoken nod to risk of a recession. CBS News, 29 Aug. 2022 Such questions had lingered, unspoken, since the ferocity of the invasion stunned the country on Feb. 24, Ukrainians said. Liz Sly, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unspoken

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unspoken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unspoken. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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