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 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 The unwritten rules for a food critic include some big no-nos: Never reserve under your own name. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 The unwritten wait-until-halftime rule was back in full effect as many rushed to the restrooms and concession stands after the buzzer. Arianna Vedia, Dallas News, 22 May 2021 Minnesota Twins pitcher Tyler Duffey on Tuesday night for allegedly violating an unwritten rule Monday by homering on a 3-0 pitch in the ninth inning of a Sox blowout. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 19 May 2021 Curious about the unwritten code of conduct, careful not to offend veterans with words and deeds. New York Times, 4 May 2021 The near-unprecedented departure from the unwritten code shows both how some police officials condemn Chauvin's actions and how unique the trial has become. Emma Tucker, Mark Morales And Priya Krishnakumar, CNN, 20 Apr. 2021 Part of that unwritten code is for the referee, or referees, to make clear what will or won’t be called. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unwritten

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jun 2021

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

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English Language Learners Definition of unwritten

: spoken or understood without being written


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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