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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Unwritten  \Un*writ"ten\,  a. 
  1.  Not  written;  not  reduced  to  writing;  oral;  as  unwritten 
  2.  Containing  no  writing;  blank;  as  unwritten  paper. 
  {Unwritten  doctrines}  (Theol.),  such  doctrines  as  have  been 
  handed  down  by  word  of  mouth;  oral  or  traditional 
  {Unwritten  law}.  [Cf.  L.  lex  non  scripta.]  That  part  of  the 
  law  of  England  and  of  the  United  States  which  is  not 
  derived  from  express  legislative  enactment,  or  at  least 
  from  any  enactment  now  extant  and  in  force  as  such  This 
  law  is  now  generally  contained  in  the  reports  of  judicial 
  decisions.  See  {Common  law},  under  {Common}. 
  {Unwritten  laws},  such  laws  as  have  been  handed  down  by 
  tradition  or  in  song.  Such  were  the  laws  of  the  early 
  nations  of  Europe. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  based  on  custom  rather  than  documentation;  "an  unwritten 
  law";  "  ancient  that  they  well  might  have 
  had  their  unwritten  origins  in  Aurignacian  times"- 
  J.L.T.C.Spence  [ant:  {written}] 
  2:  using  speech  rather  than  writing;  "an  oral  tradition";  "an 
  oral  agreement  [syn:  {oral}] 
  3:  said  or  done  without  having  been  planned  or  written  in 
  advance;  "he  made  a  few  ad-lib  remarks"  [syn:  {ad-lib},  {spontaneous}] 

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