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

: 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

plural il·lit·er·a·cies

Full Definition of ILLITERACY

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

First Known Use of ILLITERACY


Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis


Next Word in the Dictionary: illiteratePrevious Word in the Dictionary: illiteAll Words Near: illiteracy
March 29, 2015
discomfit Hear it
To thwart or disconcert
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears