illiteracy

noun

il·​lit·​er·​a·​cy (ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-t(ə-)rə-sē How to pronounce illiteracy (audio)
plural illiteracies
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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of illiteracy was in 1660

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“Illiteracy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/illiteracy. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

illiteracy

noun
il·​lit·​er·​a·​cy (ˈ)il-ˈ(l)it-ə-rə-sē How to pronounce illiteracy (audio)
-ˈ(l)i-trə-sē
plural illiteracies
1
: the quality or state of being illiterate
especially : inability to read or write
2
: a mistake made by or typical of an illiterate person

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