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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Not speaking about such things was part of our unspoken familial deal. Sarah Scoles, Longreads, "Meet the New Mormons," 8 June 2018 With Joyce, the unflinching recklessness of the familiar yet unspoken, going where even daredevils once feared to tread. Cynthia Ozick, WSJ, "Appreciation: Philip Roth," 25 May 2018 In Jness, like many of Nxivm’s courses, once the unspoken had been spoken, a new theory, developed by Raniere, took root. Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Times, "The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment," 30 May 2018 Connecticut Democrats had an unspoken goal: to emerge from the party’s nominating convention earlier this month united behind gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Endorsed Democrats Make A Play For Unity," 30 May 2018 As if we have been lost for generations in a confusing landscape, gathering what was invisible and unspoken . . . BostonGlobe.com, "Michael Ondaatje crafts a superb wartime mystery," 3 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of unspoken

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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