preliterate

adjective pre·lit·er·ate \ ˌprē-ˈli-t(ə-)rət \
Updated on: 28 Mar 2018

Definition of preliterate

1 a : not yet employing writing as a cultural medium
b : lacking the use of writing
2 : antedating the use of writing

preliterate

noun

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1925


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