unwritten

adjective
un·writ·ten | \ ˌən-ˈri-tᵊn \

Definition of unwritten 

1 : not expressed in writing : oral, traditional an unwritten rule

2 : containing no writing : blank

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unwritten

Synonyms

nuncupative, oral, spoken, verbal, viva voce, word-of-mouth

Antonyms

paper, written

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Examples of unwritten in a Sentence

They had an unwritten agreement. an unwritten contract may not be enforceable

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That's an unwritten rule that the city's brewers take to heart for Drink Brew City Week, an 11-day series of events celebrating craft beer brewed here. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee breweries will celebrate all things beer during Drink Brew City Week," 13 July 2018 These unwritten rules govern who deserves sympathy and who doesn’t. Joan C. Williams, WSJ, "The Elites Feed Anti-Immigrant Bias," 9 July 2018 Indeed, Taylor broke an unwritten rule by running up the score, but Romo was out of line as well. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Could Giants, other teams be cautious at trade deadline because of luxury tax?," 30 June 2018 And to the extent that some unwritten rule has ever preserved such a right, now is a good time to ignore it. Jay Willis, GQ, "Public Shaming Is Powerful," 25 June 2018 Apparently Saturday was Molitor's day as keeper of baseball's unwritten rules. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Molitor on Profar HBP: 'We wanted to give him an opportunity to steal another base'," 24 June 2018 As an employment lawyer, Blackwell frequently confronts unwritten policies and mindsets that tilt workplace benefits toward men - the ability of salesmen to expand client lists and networks through trips to a strip club, for instance. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Fired over an Instagram post and a rumor, Saints cheerleader could force NFL to address double standard," 4 Apr. 2018 As an employment lawyer, Blackwell frequently confronts unwritten policies and mindsets that tilt workplace benefits toward men - the ability of salesmen to expand client lists and networks through trips to a strip club, for instance. Adam Kilgore, chicagotribune.com, "Fired over an Instagram post and a rumor, Saints cheerleader could force NFL to address double standard," 4 Apr. 2018 Before the guidelines were revised, the NYPD prohibited beards of any length, though unwritten policy permitted them up to 1 millimeter for religious accommodations, Syed’s lawsuit said. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "Settlement reached in NYPD religious facial hair policy lawsuit," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of unwritten

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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unwritten

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unwritten

: spoken or understood without being written

unwritten

adjective
un·writ·ten | \ ˌən-ˈri-tᵊn \

Kids Definition of unwritten

: not in writing : followed by custom unwritten law

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