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unwritten law

noun as in law based on customs or traditions

noun as in rule based on custom

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Example Sentences

Both Indians and white men respected the unwritten law which held the theft of food in such a region to be worthy of death.

It is the unwritten law of all our public life, and the same holds true of America, that an honest open scandal ends a career.

The inexorable unwritten law which forbids overt scandal sentenced me.

Even in England, a land where deeds of violence are not condoned by lawless unwritten law, he knew he was in deadly peril.

The common law is the law of England, the unwritten law of England, the lex non scripta.


On this page you'll find 10 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to unwritten law, such as: custom, law of the land, oral code, and tradition.

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