preliteracy

noun
pre·​literacy | \ (ˈ)prē+ \

Definition of preliteracy

: the period in the life of a society or culture antedating the use of writing or the keeping of written records

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History and Etymology for preliteracy

pre- + literacy

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“Preliteracy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preliteracy. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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