il·lit·er·a·cy noun \(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
: 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
- the government's efforts to reduce illiteracy
- His letters contain many misspellings and illiteracies.
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