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unwritten law

An accepted although informal rule of behavior, as in It's an unwritten law that you lock the gate when you leave the swimming pool. [Mid-1400s]
See also: law
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the unwritten law of nations with respect to safe-conducts.
local" portion of the state's unwritten law, such as the
Harry Thaw's lawyer mimetically appropriated the logic and rhetoric of earlier unwritten law cases, lionizing Thaw's heroism in ridding the world of a moral monster.
Unwritten Law Of Cricket 7b (ii) states that, when a player is in terrible form, he gets any bad luck or excellent deliveries going.
INSIDER'S wondering if it might be an unwritten law that if you want to be a footballer your favourite food must be pasta.
Subsequent to the "Kentucky Tragedy," the American legal system invented an unwritten law that sometimes acquitted husbands who killed their wives' paramours, an invention that could not have occurred in the Beauchamp trial because the defendant denied his guilt.
In its purest form, the unwritten law permitted--indeed required--a man to kill the scoundrel who "attacked" or "dishonored" his wife, daughter, or sister.
The UK constitution is a mixture of written and unwritten law that has evolved and been adapted over time.
Wilfred said: "I was led to believe it was an unwritten law from the instructions I was given by the people on the management team.
IT'S an unwritten law of travel that no matter how far across the globe you go there is always one pasty-faced Scot in an Old Firm top.
The group had met after primates acknowledged that "the unwritten law common to the churches of the Anglican Communion may be understood to constitute a fifth instrument of unity in the communion" and had requested that a "statement of principles" regarding canon law be identified.
Some controversial films are The Unwritten Law, Johnson-Jeffries Fight, and Birth of a Nation.
I have long believed the unwritten law that the greater the availability of TV in our daily life, the worse the programming.
There is an unwritten law that sexual attackers have a very hard life inside.