functional illiterate


: a person who has had some schooling but does not meet a minimum standard of literacy
functional illiteracy noun
functionally illiterate adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of functional illiterate was in 1935

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Cite this Entry

“Functional illiterate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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