- the state or quality of being illiterate; lack of education or culture; esp., an inability to read or write
- pl. -·cies a mistake (in writing or speaking) suggesting poor or inadequate education
The definition of illiteracy is lack of knowledge in a particular subject or is the inability to write and read.
When a person is not able to read even simple books and is not able to write anything more than his own name, this is an example of illiteracy.
- The condition of being unable to read and write.
- An error, as in writing or speech, made by or thought to be characteristic of one who is illiterate. See Usage Note at literate.
- The condition or quality of being ignorant or unknowledgeable in a particular subject or field: cultural illiteracy; scientific illiteracy.
(countable and uncountable, plural illiteracies)
in- + literacy
- Consequently the percentage of illiteracy is extremely low.
- Education is somewhat neglected by them, and the percentage of illiteracy among adults is high.
- Since 1880 the proportion of illiteracy has steadily declined for all classes, save the foreignborn between 1880 and 1890, owing to the beginning in these years, on a large scale, of immigration from southern Europe.
- Of the total population, 10 years of age and over, 30.5% were illiterates in 1 9 00 -49'9% were illiterates in 1880 - and as regards the whites of native birth alone, Georgia ranked ninth in illiteracy, in 1900, among the states and territories of the Union.
- The school board is doing its best to implement reading programs that will help to eradicate illiteracy among the children in our community.