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illiteracy

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noun il·lit·er·a·cy \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-t(ə-)rə-sē\

Simple Definition of illiteracy

  • : the state of not knowing how to read or write

  • : the state of not having knowledge about a particular subject

  • : a mistake that is made in the use of language : an illiterate statement or expression

Full Definition of illiteracy

plural il·lit·er·a·cies

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being illiterate; especially :  inability to read or write

  2. 2 :  a mistake or crudity (as in speaking) typical of one who is illiterate

Examples of illiteracy

  1. the government's efforts to reduce illiteracy

  2. His letters contain many misspellings and illiteracies.



1660

First Known Use of illiteracy

1660



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