nu·​mer·​acy | \ ˈn(y)üm-rə-sē How to pronounce numeracy (audio) , ˈn(y)ü-mə- \

Definition of numeracy

: ability to understand and work with numbers : the quality or state of being numerate The quality of education at the school is outstanding. Levels of literacy and numeracy are exceptionally good and the number of children requiring remedial attention is low.— Ruth Rendell et al. Literacy, numeracy and a sense of scientific problem-solving are the fundamental underpinnings of education for everybody, rich and poor alike.— David Hamburg

Examples of numeracy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The board gave the highest rating to the focus area of securing funding for early literacy, numeracy and intervention. Lauryn Schroeder, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Sep. 2021 Since the Taliban seized control of her province earlier this month, Mozhgan has attended a wedding with no music and stopped her numeracy lessons for adult women. Zahra Nader, Time, 20 Aug. 2021 As The Times’ Howard Blume explains, the new Mathematics Framework is intended to broaden numeracy in most students. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 The timeless answer, which remains true today, is literacy, communication and numeracy (reading, writing, arithmetic) because with those skills, kids can learn anything this fast-changing world requires of them. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Mar. 2021 An able-bodied individual could walk down National Avenue and have multiple job offers, even if their literacy or numeracy skills were below average, and a path to the middle-class life, Chappelle said. NBC News, 3 Nov. 2020 The performance of 17-year-olds has actually stagnated over the past 50 years, and even with more kids going to college, notes a 2016 Brookings report, America’s numeracy and literacy levels have dropped. Joel Kotkin, National Review, 17 Sep. 2020 There will be no circle time—that magical nexus in which kids learn to share, take turns, express themselves, all while learning literacy and numeracy through singing and telling stories. Jenny Anderson, The Atlantic, 28 Aug. 2020 McKenzie says games like Yahtzee, Monopoly, and Payday are great for reinforcing numeracy skills, while Scrabble and Boggle can help with vocabulary and spelling. Avery Hurt, National Geographic, 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of numeracy

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for numeracy

Latin numerus number + English -acy (as in literacy)

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“Numeracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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