Definition of unwritten in English:

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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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Syllabification: un·writ·ten

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