subliterate

adjective

sub·​lit·​er·​ate ˌsəb-ˈli-tə-rət How to pronounce subliterate (audio)
 also  -ˈli-trət
: less than fully literate : able to read or write only at a low level
help for subliterate students
subliterate noun
plural subliterates
Here, on the other hand, we have a tale about a subhuman apparently intended for subliterates. People Weekly

Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subliterate was in 1912

Dictionary Entries Near subliterate

Cite this Entry

“Subliterate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subliterate. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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