- 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.
- 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.
- Although Bogota was reputed to be an educational centre in colonial times, so slight an influence did this exert upon the country that Colombia ended the 19th century with no effective public school system, very few schools and colleges, and fully 90% of illiteracy in her population.