unwritten

adjective un·writ·ten \ ˌən-ˈri-tᵊn \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of unwritten

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

Examples of unwritten in a Sentence

  1. They had an unwritten agreement.

  2. an unwritten contract may not be enforceable

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First Known Use of unwritten

14th century


UNWRITTEN Defined for English Language Learners

unwritten

adjective

Definition of unwritten for English Language Learners

  • : spoken or understood without being written


UNWRITTEN Defined for Kids

unwritten

adjective un·writ·ten \ ˌən-ˈri-tᵊn \

Definition of unwritten for Students

: not in writing : followed by custom
  • unwritten law


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