illiteracy

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

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

plural il·lit·er·a·cies

Full Definition of ILLITERACY

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

First Known Use of ILLITERACY

1660

Other Education Terms

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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: illiterate
Previous Word in the Dictionary: illite
All Words Near: illiteracy

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up illiteracy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More