1. Not written; not reduced to writing; oral; as, unwritten agreements.
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 doctrines.
Unwritten laws, such laws as have been handed down by tradition or in song. Such were the laws of the early nations of Europe.
adj 1: 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 [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]