Definition of unstated in US English:



  • Not stated or declared.

    ‘a series of unstated assumptions’
    • ‘His official job was to accept his party's nomination, but the grand, unstated task was to make himself liked by people who were inclined not to like him.’
    • ‘If anything there was sympathy for libraries and their staff, allied to a vague if unstated belief that they deserved better.’
    • ‘Much of this branch of your argument proceeds from unstated assumptions about the content of the ‘once and for all’ rule.’
    • ‘The last of the unstated reasons, however, is by far the worst.’
    • ‘Are there double standards, e.g., one set of stated rules yet unstated exceptions for certain people?’
    • ‘In any case, Pang et al. may have unknowingly found an unstated risk for hospital birth of having a mildly premature baby.’
    • ‘And the unstated goal was not simply to attract a higher number of viewers.’
    • ‘This particular article is for that breed of people who congratulate themselves that they live by an undefined, unstated code of ethics.’
    • ‘Although often unstated, there is a powerful academic norm which says that what is said in the classroom stays in the classroom.’
    • ‘Undeniably, many of these theatres are only barely abiding by unstated policies requiring them to screen a minimum amount of Canadian work.’
    • ‘By embedding hundreds of journalists, the brass had sent the unstated message that it was OK to be honest.’
    • ‘An unstated portion of these gains were in part-time employment.’
    • ‘Yet another unstated assumption is that the only way to prevent aircraft crashing into populated areas is by regulation.’
    • ‘The public version of the document left unstated the implied threat of using nuclear weapons to strike first against weapons of mass destruction.’
    • ‘The unstated assumption seems to be that people who work for the church should expect to be poorly paid.’
    • ‘There was an unstated implication that this was acceptable and useful.’
    • ‘The notion that there might be some reasonable explanation for that policy - stopping the bombers from getting through - was left unstated.’
    • ‘But the word ‘commercial’ in that context is simply pregnant with unstated assumptions.’
    • ‘The TV licensing adverts make the clear but unstated implication that anyone who does not have a licence is breaking the law.’
    • ‘And it is a criterion that carries within it an unstated assumption about what causes psychiatric injury.’
    unnamed, unidentified, unquantified, undesignated, undefined, unfixed, undecided, undetermined, uncertain, uncounted
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