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un·writ·ten

 (ŭn-rĭt′n)
adj.
1. Not written or recorded: an unwritten agreement between friends.
2. Having authority based on custom, tradition, or usage rather than doctrine: an unwritten law.
3. Not written on; blank.

unwritten

(ʌnˈrɪtən)
adj
1. not printed or in writing
2. effective only through custom; traditional
3. without writing upon it

un•writ•ten

(ʌnˈrɪt n)

adj.
1. not actually formulated or expressed; customary; traditional.
2. not written; not put in writing or print; oral: an unwritten agreement.
3. containing no writing; blank.
[1325–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unwritten - 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
written - systematically collected and written down; "written laws"
2.unwritten - using speech rather than writing; "an oral tradition"; "an oral agreement"
spoken - uttered through the medium of speech or characterized by speech; sometimes used in combination; "a spoken message"; "the spoken language"; "a soft-spoken person"; "sharp-spoken"
3.unwritten - said or done without having been planned or written in advance; "he made a few ad-lib remarks"
unscripted - not furnished with or using a script; "unrehearsed and unscript spot interviews"; "unscripted talk shows"

unwritten

adjective
1. oral, word-of-mouth, unrecorded, vocal the unwritten stories of his infancy and childhood
2. understood, accepted, tacit, traditional, conventional, silent, customary, implicit, unformulated They obey the one unwritten rule that binds them all - no talking.

unwritten

adjective
Expressed or transmitted in speech:
Translations
nepsaný
nepisan
ongeschreven

unwritten

[ˈʌnˈrɪtn] ADJno escrito
unwritten lawley f consuetudinaria

unwritten

[ʌnˈrɪtən] adj [agreement] → tacite; [law, rule] → implicite

unwritten

adj story, book, constitutionungeschrieben; agreementstillschweigend

unwritten

[ʌnˈrɪtn] adj (agreement) → tacito/a
it is an unwritten law that ... → la norma vuole che...
References in classic literature ?
More than ever was Boris resolved to serve in future not according to the written code, but under this unwritten law.
To speak with severe technicality, a ship or a fleet is "brought up" - the complementary words unpronounced and unwritten being, of course, "to an anchor.
When the history of this war is written, Ambrose, with flamboyant phrases and copious rhetoric, there will be unwritten chapters, more dramatic, having really more direct effect upon the final issue than even the great battles which have seemed the dominant factors.
Thus the most vexatious and violent disputes would often arise between the fishermen, were there not some written or unwritten, universal, undisputed law applicable to all cases.
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.
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.
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.
In an old book I find columns of notes about works projected at this time, nearly all to consist of essays on deeply uninteresting subjects; the lightest was to be a volume on the older satirists, beginning with Skelton and Tom Nash - the half of that manuscript still lies in a dusty chest - the only story was about Mary Queen of Scots, who was also the subject of many unwritten papers.
Undoubtedly there is an unwritten compact in such matters between a mother and her first-born, and I desire to point out to you that he never breaks it.
Had it not been for the chance that caused Cogdon Nestor to throw down his sleeping rug directly over the hidden instru-ment, it might still be clicking there unheard--and this story still unwritten.
I will be with you when the Germans come," she said, as she left them to return to her unwritten letter.