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Definitions for unwritten
ʌnˈrɪt nun·writ·ten

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unwrittenadjective

    based on custom rather than documentation

    "an unwritten law"; "rites...so ancient that they well might have had their unwritten origins in Aurignacian times"- J.L.T.C.Spence

  2. oral, unwrittenadjective

    using speech rather than writing

    "an oral tradition"; "an oral agreement"

  3. ad-lib, spontaneous, unwrittenadjective

    said or done without having been planned or written in advance

    "he made a few ad-lib remarks"


  1. unwrittenadjective

    Spoken or otherwise communicated other than in writing.

  2. unwrittenadjective

    Implicit or understood but not formally articulated.

    It's an unwritten law that you lock the gate when you leave the swimming pool.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unwrittenadjective

    Not conveyed by writing; oral; traditional.

    A rule of right unwritten, but delivered by tradition from one to another. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    As to his understanding, they bring him in void of all notion, a rude, unwritten blank; making him to be created as much an infant, as others are born. Robert South, Sermons.

    The laws of England may be divided into the written law, and the unwritten. Matthew Hale.


  1. Unwritten

    Unwritten is a song by English singer Natasha Bedingfield for her debut studio album of the same name. It was released in 2004 as the third single from the record. The song was written by Bedingfield, Danielle Brisebois, and Wayne Rodrigues and produced by Rodrigues and Brisebois. The single was released as the album's third UK single and second US single (in September 2005). In 2006, "Unwritten" became the theme song for the reality television series The Hills. It reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first top-ten hit in the United States.


  1. unwritten

    Unwritten generally refers to something that is not formally documented, recorded or established in a written form. It could also refer to traditions, rules, or laws that are implied or understood but not officially put down in writing. Additionally, it could describe something that is yet to be written or accomplished.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unwrittenadjective

    not written; not reduced to writing; oral; as, unwritten agreements

  2. Unwrittenadjective

    containing no writing; blank; as, unwritten paper


  1. Unwritten

    "Unwritten" is a song by English singer Natasha Bedingfield. Bedingfield, Danielle Brisebois, and Wayne Rodriguez wrote it for her debut album, Unwritten, and later served as the opening theme for the MTV reality series The Hills. The single was released as the album's third UK single and second US single. It reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first top-ten hit in the United States.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unwritten

    un-rit′n, adj. not written or reduced to writing, oral: containing no writing.—v.t. Unwrite′, to cancel what is written.—adj. Unwrīt′ing, not writing.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unwritten in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unwritten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of unwritten in a Sentence

  1. Derrick Brooks:

    There's unwritten rules with regards to manufacturing plants and when it comes to management, when it comes to us being black supervisors, you need to be more appreciative of the job title that you have and go along and do the job that we're asking you.

  2. Braden Overett:

    There are rules, and then there are unwritten rules, when you’re an A-list skater, you’re essentially representing the entire sport on behalf of your country, to the world, so there are a lot of systems of feedback in place.

  3. Sara Carter:

    They were saying that in anticipation of Secretary Mayorkas’ visit that they were directed unwritten directives to basically clean everything up, make it look good, put people on busses, ship them out.

  4. Ariana Kukors:

    I was able to leave a horrible monster and build a life I could have never imagined for myself. But in time, I've realized that stories like my own are too important to go unwritten.

  5. Rashad Robinson:

    There are a lot of unwritten rules in the entertainment industry that create racial exclusion, and at Color Of Change, we know that to change society you have to change the rules, this inclusion rider is a written rule that will change the culture of hiring at the Grammys, and will make inclusion the norm.

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