unwritten

adjective
un·​writ·​ten | \ ˌən-ˈri-tᵊn How to pronounce unwritten (audio) \

Definition of unwritten

1 : not expressed in writing : oral, traditional an unwritten rule
2 : containing no writing : blank

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Examples of unwritten in a Sentence

They had an unwritten agreement. an unwritten contract may not be enforceable
Recent Examples on the Web Fearing a talent drain, the Japanese league implemented unwritten rules to discourage amateur players from bypassing the draft and signing overseas. Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2021 Two years ago, Major League Baseball introduced a new ad campaign encouraging personalities and celebrations and pooh-poohing the unwritten rules of yesteryear. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 July 2021 Former President Donald Trump’s return to the campaign trail over the weekend, however, broke many of the unwritten rules of the office. Philip Elliott, Time, 28 June 2021 The whole of it feels a lot like MLB’s reckoning with Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. bat-flipping away baseball’s unwritten rules. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 June 2021 La Russa sticks to his guns – for better or worse – in 'unwritten rules' spat Call him Greg Schiano 2.0. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021 Soon, a set of unwritten rules developed among these comics. David Peisner, Vulture, 21 May 2021 The Dallas council has long had an unwritten rule that the mayor, mayor pro tem and deputy mayor pro tem roles include one white person, one Black person and one Latino person. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, 14 June 2021 Historically, there was an unwritten rule that the leading company of a specific CPG category was known as the category captain. Curt Mueller, Forbes, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of unwritten

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unwritten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwritten. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for unwritten

unwritten

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unwritten

: spoken or understood without being written

unwritten

adjective
un·​writ·​ten | \ ˌən-ˈri-tᵊn How to pronounce unwritten (audio) \

Kids Definition of unwritten

: not in writing : followed by custom unwritten law

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