preliterate

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adjective pre·lit·er·ate \ˌprē-ˈli-t(ə-)rət\

Definition of preliterate

  1. 1a :  not yet employing writing as a cultural mediumb :  lacking the use of writing

  2. 2 :  antedating the use of writing

preliterate

noun

1925

First Known Use of preliterate

1925

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