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
Some see emoji as little more than an adolescent grunt, taking us back to the dark ages of illiteracy.
Jason expressed his problem with illiteracy, so I was forced to receive answers from his cyborg typing slave.
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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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