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 There’s an unwritten rule in the world of aesthetics: If Kim Kardashian is doing it, people will be interested. Lindy Segal, ELLE, 30 Sep. 2022 Are reporters required to not report on injuries during the week or is that just an unwritten rule? oregonlive, 23 Sep. 2022 Our minds are kick-started and set loose to imagine the unseen, the unwritten. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, 22 Aug. 2022 Hey, Hoynsie: Are there unwritten rules on how a batter approaches a non-pitcher pitching? Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 23 July 2022 In addition to symphonies, operas and kettlebells, there’s that unwritten collaboration with Jerry Garcia — whenever the sheepdog decides to return. Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2022 This rule book is unwritten not because managers are secretive, but because the rules are tacit for most managers, held at a level below conscious awareness. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 There’s an unwritten rule that August is vacation season, and most things can wait until September. David Morel, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 The majority opinion, authored by Justice Clarence Thomas, holds that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms should not be parceled out by bureaucrats using unwritten criteria to decide who gets to enjoy their Constitutional rights. Errol Louis, CNN, 24 June 2022 See More

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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 6 Oct. 2022.

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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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