unwritten law

noun

Definition of unwritten law 

: law based chiefly on custom rather than legislative enactments

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It was generally believed that the jury’s final verdict would be based on America’s unwritten law about white women and colored men. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The True Story Behind “Marshall”," 7 Oct. 2017

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unwritten law

noun
un·​writ·​ten law

Legal Definition of unwritten law 

: law based chiefly on custom rather than legislative enactments

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