sub·​lit·​er·​a·​cy ˌsəb-ˈli-t(ə-)rə-sē How to pronounce subliteracy (audio)
: the condition of being subliterate : the quality or state of being able to read or write only at a low level
… carried a lot of unprepared kids into universities and community colleges, where we instructors were shocked and appalled by their subliteracy. Little did we know that teachers have for centuries expressed the same despair about their students, including us. Crawford Kilian

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First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subliteracy was in 1911

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“Subliteracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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