Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not written or recorded: an unwritten agreement between friends.
  • adj. Having authority based on custom, tradition, or usage rather than documentation: an unwritten law.
  • adj. Not written on; blank.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Spoken or otherwise communicated other than in writing.
  • adj. Implicit or understood but not formally articulated.
  • v. Past participle of unwrite

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not written; not reduced to writing; oral.
  • adj. Containing no writing; blank.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not written; not reduced to writing; oral; traditional: as, unwritten laws; unwritten customs.
  • Not written upon; blank; containing no writing.
  • Not distinctly expressed, laid down, or formulated, but generally understood and acknowledged as binding: as, an unwritten rule; an unwritten constitution.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. using speech rather than writing
  • adj. said or done without having been planned or written in advance
  • adj. based on custom rather than documentation

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Examples

  • I think it has a beautiful resolution and, unlike the case with a traditional short story, the limited word length often forces some of these elements to remain unwritten, that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline.

    A PERFECT ENVELOPE • by Maria H. McDonald

  • Doctrines of Hell, and purgatory, the power of Exorcisme, and other Doctrines which have no warrant, neither in Reason, nor Scripture; as also all those Traditions which they call the unwritten Word of God; but old Wives Fables?

    Leviathan

  • Lastly, for the errors brought in from false or uncertain history, what is all the legend of fictitious miracles in the lives of the saints; and all the histories of apparitions and ghosts alleged by the doctors of the Roman Church, to make good their doctrines of hell and purgatory, the power of exorcism, and other doctrines which have no warrant, neither in reason nor Scripture; as also all those traditions which they call the unwritten word of

    Leviathan

  • Lastly, for the errors brought in from false or uncertain history, what is all the legend of fictitious miracles in the lives of the saints; and all the histories of apparitions and ghosts alleged by the doctors of the Roman Church, to make good their doctrines of hell and purgatory, the power of exorcism, and other doctrines which have no warrant, neither in reason nor Scripture; as also all those traditions which they call the unwritten word of God; but old wives 'fables?

    Leviathan, or, The matter, forme, & power of a common-wealth ecclesiasticall and civill

  • A book unwritten is a delightful universe of infinite possibilities.

    Fiction is Truer than Truth « Write Anything

  • My finals remain unwritten, my morning shower un-taken because I am mesmerized by the fascinating case of Priya Venkatesan.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • God knows that the implicit creedalism (or what they themselves referred to as the unwritten orthodoxies. . .) of the "fundamentalist atheist" Humanists at the Unitarian Church of Montreal were enforce through informal means (e.g. peer pressure *my* theological views feel far from welcome) and indeed formal means such as threatening make with expulsion for complaining about the "informal" peer pressure such as labeling Creation Day as a cult. . .

    Anti-Atheism Ad in UU World That Criticizes Bishop Spong

  • We kind of follow certain unwritten rulling that indicates to us that directors who didn't - for one reason or another - made a little splash on the intellect mark, may not be that worthy.

    GreenCine Daily: John Flynn, 1932 - 2007.

  • This pledge is sometimes referred to as the unwritten "fourth article" of the Treaty, and is said to protect and recognise not only major western religions, but also Maori custom.

    Bishop Pompallier

  • Some indeed say, Luke, because of the history which he wrote, but some, Barnabas; for he calls the unwritten preaching also Gospel.

    NPNF1-12. Saint Chrysostom: Homilies on the Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians

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