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

Other Words from innumerate

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Answer Man is innumerate in all major numbering systems — Roman, Arabic, hexadecimal — and not so hot in Latin, either. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2021 To my innumerate mind, though, the odds of a Biden win are basically fifty-fifty. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 21 Oct. 2020 In those necks of the woods, people are too ignorant to vote in favor of helping their illiterate and innumerate children. James Freeman, WSJ, 9 Oct. 2018 They would be termed innumerate — unskilled at working with numbers. Sandy Bauers,, 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of innumerate

1959, in the meaning defined above

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10 Dec 2021

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“Innumerate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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: unable to understand and do basic mathematics

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