unwritten law


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unwritten law

n
1. (Law) the law based upon custom, usage, and judicial decisions, as distinguished from the enactments of a legislature, orders or decrees in writing, etc
2. the unwritten law the tradition that a person may avenge any insult to family integrity, as used to justify criminal acts of vengeance
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Noun1.unwritten law - law based on customary behaviorunwritten law - law based on customary behavior  
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
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unwritten law

n (Jur, fig) → ungeschriebenes Gesetz
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More than ever was Boris resolved to serve in future not according to the written code, but under this unwritten law.
Thirteen hundred years hence -- so says the unwritten law -- the
There are written laws -- they perish; but there are also unwritten laws -- THEY are eternal.
I recognize your right to make explorations as well as ourselves, and I presume you have not fallen so low that you will not recognize the unwritten law in a case of this kind--the law which says the right of discovery belongs to the one who first makes it.
Now Tarzan felt no fear of Taug, nor did the unwritten law of the jungle demand that he should flee from battle with any male, unless he cared to from purely personal reasons.
He had entered the lists in mortal combat and true to the primitive instincts of the wild--the unwritten law of the jungle--one or both must die before the battle ended.
According to an unwritten law, the buying a drink included the privilege of loafing for just so long; then one had to buy another drink or move on.
By all the unwritten laws of savage warfare it is always the redskin who attacks, and with the wiliness of his race he does it just before the dawn, at which time he knows the courage of the whites to be at its lowest ebb.
It had its unwritten laws, and they were as clearly defined and as strict as any that could be found among the printed statues of the land.
The Socialists had many branches in America, and the deceased had, no doubt, infringed their unwritten laws, and been tracked down by them.
31, it was an unwritten law that at the stroke of midnight all the members of the family should be together at home.
Stress is so unnecessary, according to the most fundamental unwritten law in the KE[micro]lsch dialect: "Et kE-tt wie et kE-tt