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 in a Sentence
the government's efforts to reduce illiteracy
His letters contain many misspellings and illiteracies.
Recent Examples of illiteracy from the Web
Most of its residents survive within an agrarian economy, with simple farmers segregated from the elites by their poverty, illiteracy, and a total lack of any say in how their government operates.
As a result, the libraries of Timbuktu are erased by slavery’s forced illiteracy.
The anti-vax movement is another example of how a combination of scientific illiteracy and proud ignorance can thrive in America.
But with the country mired in poverty, illiteracy and unresolved conflict, such projects can seem like luxuries — and in the more populous areas, human survival comes first.
A Menlo Park school that has been struggling with student illiteracy took a giant leap forward this past year, according to its reading teachers.
Some see emoji as little more than an adolescent grunt, taking us back to the dark ages of illiteracy.
A second priority is to improve the effectiveness of regular army and police forces, which have struggled with a variety of problems from illiteracy to corruption, and whose members often fail to reenlist.
To continue the fight against illiteracy, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was launched in 1995 to help foster a love of reading in the children in her home county of East Tennessee.
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First Known Use of illiteracy
ILLITERACY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of illiteracy for English Language Learners
: 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
ILLITERACY Defined for Kids
Definition of illiteracy for Students
: the state or condition of being unable to read or write
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