unwritten laws


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Unwritten \Un*writ"ten\, a.
   1. Not written; not reduced to writing; oral; as, unwritten
      agreements.
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   2. Containing no writing; blank; as, unwritten paper.
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   Unwritten doctrines (Theol.), such doctrines as have been
      handed down by word of mouth; oral or traditional
      doctrines.

   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.
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