illiteracy

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

Definition of illiteracy

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illiteracies

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

  2. 2 :  a mistake or crudity (as in speaking) typical of one who is illiterate

Examples of illiteracy in a Sentence

  1. the government's efforts to reduce illiteracy

  2. His letters contain many misspellings and illiteracies.

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First Known Use of illiteracy

1660


ILLITERACY Defined for English Language Learners

illiteracy

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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

illiteracy

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noun il·lit·er·a·cy \i-ˈli-tə-rə-sē\

Definition of illiteracy for Students

  1. :  the state or condition of being unable to read or write



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