non·​lit·​er·​ate | \ ˌnän-ˈli-t(ə-)rət How to pronounce nonliterate (audio) \

Definition of nonliterate

1 : not literate
2 : having no written language

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nonliterate noun

Examples of nonliterate in a Sentence

an organization helping nonliterate adults improve their reading skills
Recent Examples on the Web Such a practice would have been especially useful in nonliterate societies where knowledge was transmitted orally. Amanda Fortini, New York Times, "Revisiting an Ancient Theory of Herbalism," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of nonliterate

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonliterate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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