Definition of unwritten in English:


Syllabification: un·writ·ten
Pronunciation: /ˌənˈritn


  • 1Not recorded in writing: documenting unwritten languages
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    • Two thirds of the world's languages are still unwritten, and there are only several hundred different writing systems.
    • A tradition of oral literature has been crucial to the survival of the Hopi Way because the language has remained unwritten until recent years.
    • Because the language was unique and unwritten, it would prove impossible for the Japanese to decipher.
  • 1.1(Especially of a law) resting originally on custom or judicial decision rather than on statute: an unwritten constitution
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    • Common Law was unwritten and represented the custom of the people.
    • We will come to that in the later arguments but this is all in the realm of the unwritten law.
    • The distraught father killed him, and used the unwritten law as his defense.
  • 1.2(Of a convention) understood and accepted by everyone, although not formally established: the unwritten rules of social life
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    • There are unwritten conventions governing professional bar conduct.
    • The unwritten but universally accepted industry standard for turnover time is 15 minutes.
    • Citi's actions weren't illegal, but broke an unwritten understanding not to whipsaw markets or take advantage of the thin summer trading.
    tacit, implicit, unvoiced, taken for granted, accepted, recognized, understood; traditional, customary, conventional; oral, verbal, spoken, vocal, word-of-mouth

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