literacy

noun
lit·​er·​a·​cy | \ ˈli-t(ə-)rə-sē How to pronounce literacy (audio) \

Definition of literacy

: the quality or state of being literate a program to promote adult literacy

Examples of literacy in a Sentence

The program is intended to promote adult literacy among people who have had very little schooling. Their goal is to achieve basic literacy.
Recent Examples on the Web The Associated Press receives support from Charles Schwab Foundation for educational and explanatory reporting to improve financial literacy. CBS News, 15 Sep. 2022 However, while financial literacy is part of every M.B.A. curriculum, the same isn’t true of cybersecurity. Anthony Vance, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 The Associated Press receives support from Charles Schwab Foundation for educational and explanatory reporting to improve financial literacy. Adriana Morga, Chron, 6 Sep. 2022 The Associated Press receives support from Charles Schwab Foundation for educational and explanatory reporting to improve financial literacy. Adriana Morga, ajc, 6 Sep. 2022 Consider the results of a survey meant to measure financial literacy, called the TIAA Institute-GFLEC Personal Finance Index. Liz Weston, oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2022 There will be parties and performances, workshops and financial literacy classes, brunches and a boat ride. Jen Christensen, CNN, 3 Sep. 2022 The Associated Press receives support from Charles Schwab Foundation for educational and explanatory reporting to improve financial literacy. Cora Lewis And Adriana Morga, Chicago Tribune, 25 Aug. 2022 Voya Financial partners with organizations to promote financial literacy among high schoolers across the nation. Paula Andruss, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of literacy

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Literacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/literacy. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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