Definition of unspoken in US English:



  • Not expressed in speech; tacit.

    ‘an unspoken assumption’
    • ‘Unfortunately there is still the unspoken understanding that young men are allowed to sow their wild oats.’
    • ‘His unspoken personal doubt rings out loud through that mere question.’
    • ‘Smoothly running societies depend largely on these unspoken common grounds.’
    • ‘For good and bad, very few things are left implicit or unspoken in the life of a liberal democracy.’
    • ‘What is so attractive about their romance is that so much of it is unspoken and silent.’
    • ‘The paramilitaries by unspoken agreement, sustain each other's existence and excesses.’
    • ‘It has been an unspoken assumption that the law is made by humans for humans.’
    • ‘About these spoken and unspoken assumptions Jackson has only a little to say.’
    • ‘Wired into the way we are forced to live there are silent imperatives, unspoken propositions about the world.’
    • ‘Actually, the unspoken rule is that you never allow anyone to know your child is being tutored.’
    • ‘I just hope that we have enough time to figure out the unspoken moral ramifications of cloning.’
    • ‘Holly looked up at her boyfriend, nodding at his silent agreement to her unspoken request.’
    • ‘It was an unspoken assumption that we would make our choices from a certain set of predictable outcomes.’
    • ‘The unspoken implication is that she is prostituting herself to feed her family.’
    • ‘There's an unspoken rule when hitching that polite listening is compulsory, arguing outlawed.’
    • ‘There's an unspoken but clear implication that Doherty is more of a children's entertainer than a teen hero.’
    • ‘There was an unspoken commitment that tax payers would have to subsidise the banks and shareholders directly.’
    • ‘There was an unspoken understanding that if a dancer was not pleasing, she would not be paid.’
    • ‘Her manner implied unspoken gratitude for care given to a loving parent.’
    • ‘The unspoken assumption that fourth-century towns were of the same sort as those of the second is clearly mistaken.’
    unstated, unexpressed, unuttered, unsaid, unmentioned, unvoiced, unarticulated, undeclared, unavowed, not spelt out, mute, silent, wordless, voiceless
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