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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.

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. Thomas Nybo:

    This region is no stranger to earthquakes, a lot of people had the same feeling : This is a tremor, it passed. When that wasn't the case, they were in uncharted territory... It's basically an unwritten book.

  3. Glaser and Way:

    The problem with any unwritten law is that you don't know where to go to erase it.

  4. 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.

  5. Nadine Gordimer:

    Perhaps the best definition of progress would be the continuing efforts of men and women to narrow the gap between the convenience of the powers that be and the unwritten charter.

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