[ UK /ʌnɹˈɪtən/ ]
[ US /ənˈɹɪtən/ ]
  1. using speech rather than writing
    an oral agreement
    an oral tradition
  2. said or done without having been planned or written in advance
    he made a few ad-lib remarks
  3. based on custom rather than documentation
    an unwritten law
    rites...so ancient that they well might have had their unwritten origins in Aurignacian times
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How To Use unwritten In A Sentence

  • Otherwise, knotholers, who named their vantage point after the knotholes in old wooden outfield fences through which fans could sneak peeks, enforce their own unwritten code of conduct. Watching Baseball Through 'Knothole' Isn't Naughty When Giants Play
  • Whatever happened to that unwritten rule about not prying into each others personal lives?
  • There seems to be an unwritten law that football songs should be comic or humorous, or at least not too serious.
  • That is the unwritten agreement. Times, Sunday Times
  • Citi's actions weren't illegal, but broke an unwritten understanding not to whipsaw markets or take advantage of the thin summer trading.
  • No mere endpapers, they continue, in their unwrittenness, to evoke the narrator's traumatized mind. The Times Literary Supplement
  • It was founded in order to fight the unwritten law on the job market that discriminates against older employees.
  • You will of course be buying a ticket for a show that is, as yet, unwritten! The Sun
  • A tradition of oral literature has been crucial to the survival of the Hopi Way because the language has remained unwritten until recent years.
  • By an unwritten rule, they avoided controversy for the sake of good fellowship.
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