Illiteracy definition

ĭ-lĭtər-ə-sē
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The condition or quality of being ignorant or unknowledgeable in a particular subject or field.

Cultural illiteracy; scientific illiteracy.

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The condition of being unable to read and write.
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The state or quality of being illiterate; lack of education or culture; esp., an inability to read or write.
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A mistake (in writing or speaking) suggesting poor or inadequate education.
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An error, as in writing or speech, made by or thought to be characteristic of one who is illiterate.
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(uncountable) The inability to read.

Illiteracy is widespread in certain areas of the country.

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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.

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(uncountable) The portion of a population unable to read, generally given as a percentage.
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(countable) A word, phrase, or grammatical turn thought to be characteristic of an illiterate person.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
illiteracy
Plural:
illiteracies

Origin of illiteracy