innumerate

adjective
in·​nu·​mer·​ate | \ i-ˈnüm-rət How to pronounce innumerate (audio) , -ˈnyüm-; -ˈn(y)ü-mə- \

Definition of innumerate

: marked by an ignorance of mathematics and the scientific approach

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Other Words from innumerate

innumeracy \ i-​ˈnüm-​rə-​sē How to pronounce innumeracy (audio) , -​ˈnyüm-​ ; -​ˈn(y)ü-​mə-​ \ noun
innumerate noun

Examples of innumerate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In those necks of the woods, people are too ignorant to vote in favor of helping their illiterate and innumerate children. James Freeman, WSJ, "Hey, Little Spenders," 9 Oct. 2018 They would be termed innumerate — unskilled at working with numbers. Sandy Bauers, Philly.com, "Fear of math is harmful to your health. This woman wants to help.," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of innumerate

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Innumerate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/innumerate. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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innumerate

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of innumerate

: unable to understand and do basic mathematics

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