semiliterate

adjective

semi·​lit·​er·​ate ˌse-mē-ˈli-tə-rət How to pronounce semiliterate (audio)
 also  -ˈli-trət,
ˌse-ˌmī-,
-mi-
1
a
: able to read and write on an elementary level
b
: able to read but unable to write
2
: having limited knowledge or understanding
semiliterate noun

Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of semiliterate was in 1838

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“Semiliterate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semiliterate. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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