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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Examples of unspoken in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the 1950s and 1960s, the unspoken rules became actual office policy, amid a time of political and social upheaval that had people questioning social norms and institutions. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 12 July 2021 Much like the history of the massacre itself, these objects remain unspoken about, but are painful remnants of the event. Paul Gardullo, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2021 There was a subtle, unspoken understanding that people were expected to put in longer hours without any increase in compensation. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Part of the drama of the NBA playoffs is the unspoken part of the NBA playoffs. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 22 May 2021 With the addition of a fluttering string section and the refreshingly frank vocals of indie rocker Jay Som, Anjimile seems to have tapped into something beautiful, profound, and often unspoken. Alex Suskind, EW.com, 17 Apr. 2021 Though these countries had their strategic and economic reasons for signing the Abraham Accords, there was always an anti-Iran slant to their unspoken cooperation with Israel. Kim Ghattas, The Atlantic, 16 May 2021 But this unspoken body language hit a hiccup during COVID-19, when Dave was the only person in the studio. Kathrine Nero, The Enquirer, 16 May 2021 In showing the busy doings of Heshmat’s ordinary life, Rasoulof effectively implicates the people around him—their comforts and pleasures, affective bonds and constructive plans—in an unchallenged, unquestioned, and unspoken system of killing. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 14 May 2021

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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 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unspoken

: expressed or understood without being directly stated

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