Meaning of “unwritten” in the English Dictionary


"unwritten" in English

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uk /ʌnˈrɪt.ən/ us /ʌnˈrɪt̬.ən/

Something that is unwritten does not exist in a written or printed form:

an unwritten constitution

An unwritten rule or law does not exist officially but people generally accept and obey it:

There's an unwritten rule that you don't wear jeans to work.

(Definition of “unwritten” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unwritten" in American English

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unwrittenadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ʌnˈrɪt·ən/

not written

An unwritten law/rule is one that does not exist officially, but which people generally accept and obey:

There’s an unwritten rule at work that you don’t wear jeans.

(Definition of “unwritten” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)