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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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Examples of unspoken in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s seemingly an unspoken bond between the two reserved men that’s sadly not explored. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Tom Hanks takes on the Nazis in ‘Greyhound’," 10 July 2020 There’s seemingly an unspoken bond between the two reserved men that’s sadly not explored. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Greyhound' unleashes ferocious WWII sea battle and an earnest Tom Hanks," 7 July 2020 President Trump seems to rarely leave a thought unspoken. Nancy Benac, BostonGlobe.com, "Analysis: What Trump leaves unspoken carries consequences," 1 July 2020 The unspoken hope throughout: that this was something—anything—other than ALS. Brian Barrett, Wired, "My Friend Was Struck by ALS. Here’s How He’s Fighting Back," 23 June 2020 In writers' rooms where some staffers have been with a show much longer than others, Zoom may take away some unspoken hierarchical barriers and put everyone on equal footing. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "TV writers, like all of us, are developing a love-hate relationship with Zoom," 21 June 2020 In such countries, journalists often operate on the edge of legality, protected only by the unspoken -- and often not legally codified -- belief in the importance of press freedom. James Griffiths, CNN, "Duterte's war on the press in the Philippines could provide a model for Hong Kong and beyond," 15 June 2020 There has always been this unspoken rule against talking about things like race, religion, politics, etc. Cheikh Mboup For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "To fight racism in the workplace, we need to stop treating certain topics as 'taboo'," 19 June 2020 Stewart has shown a similar disregard for Hollywood’s unspoken rules. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Kristen Stewart Will Play Princess Diana in a New Movie—And Honestly, That’s Perfect," 17 June 2020

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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 8 Aug. 2020.

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: expressed or understood without being directly stated

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