illiteracy


illiteracy
noun
ADJECTIVE
widespread

Illiteracy was widespread at that time.

adult

poverty and high rates of adult illiteracy

functional

Functional illiteracy affects as many as one in five Americans.

scientific

the public's scientific illiteracy

… OF ILLITERACY
level, rate
ILLITERACY + NOUN
rate

Illiteracy rates have fallen in recent years.


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  • Illiteracy — Il*lit er*a*cy, n.; pl. {Illiteracies}. [From {Illiterate}.] 1. The state of being illiterate, or uneducated; lack of learning, or knowledge; ignorance; specifically, inability to read and write; as, the illiteracy shown by the last census. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • illiteracy — I noun ineducation, inerudition, unintellectualism, unlearnedness, unscholarliness II index ignorance Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • illiteracy — (n.) 1650s, from ILLITERATE (Cf. illiterate) + CY (Cf. cy). Earlier in this sense was illiterature (1590s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • illiteracy — [i lit′ər ə sē] n. 1. the state or quality of being illiterate; lack of education or culture; esp., an inability to read or write 2. pl. illiteracies a mistake (in writing or speaking) suggesting poor or inadequate education …   English World dictionary

  • illiteracy — n. 1) to eliminate, stamp out illiteracy 2) functional; widespread illiteracy * * * [ɪ lɪt(ə)rəsɪ] stamp out illiteracy widespread illiteracy functional to eliminate …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Illiteracy — Der Ausdruck Illiteralität (engl. illiteracy) bezeichnet einerseits die mangelnde Schreib und Lesekompetenz (Analphabetismus), er umfasst den Mangel an Textverständnis und Sinnverstehen. Andererseits versteht man unter Illiteralität geringe… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • illiteracy — il|lit|er|a|cy [ ı lıt(ə)rəsi ] noun uncount 1. ) the state of not being able to read or write: problems such as illiteracy and poverty 2. ) the state of not knowing much about a subject: economic illiteracy …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • illiteracy — noun 1) for these villagers, poverty and illiteracy go hand in hand Syn: inability to read or write 2) technological illiteracy Syn: ignorance, unawareness, inexperience, unenlightenment, lack of knowledge, lack of education; informal… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • illiteracy — noun a) The inability to read. Illiteracy is widespread in certain areas of the country. b) The portion of a population unable to read, generally given as a percentage. Ant: literacy See Also: illiterate …   Wiktionary


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