subliterate

adjective
sub·​lit·​er·​ate | \ ˌsəb-ˈli-tə-rət How to pronounce subliterate (audio) also -ˈli-trət \

Definition of subliterate

: less than fully literate : able to read or write only at a low level help for subliterate students

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subliterate noun, plural subliterates
Here, on the other hand, we have a tale about a subhuman apparently intended for subliterates. People Weekly

First Known Use of subliterate

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Subliterate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subliterate. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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