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Meaning & Definition of Unwritten in English

English

Unwritten

/ənrɪtən/

adjective

1. 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
    synonym:
  • unwritten

2. Using speech rather than writing

  • "An oral tradition"
  • "An oral agreement"
    synonym:
  • oral
  • ,
  • unwritten

3. Said or done without having been planned or written in advance

  • "He made a few ad-lib remarks"
    synonym:
  • ad-lib
  • ,
  • spontaneous
  • ,
  • unwritten

Examples of using

Tom was punished for daring to break the unwritten law.