Illiterate definition

ĭ-lĭtər-ĭt
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People who are illiterate, considered as a group.
noun
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Having or showing limited knowledge, experience, or culture, esp. in some particular field.

Musically illiterate.

adjective
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Illiterate is defined as a person who never learned how to read.

An example of illiterate is a person who doesn't know how to read.

noun
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Unable to read and write.
adjective
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Ignorant; uneducated; esp., not knowing how to read or write.
adjective
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A person who is illiterate.
noun
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An illiterate person; esp., a person who does not know how to read or write.
noun
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The definition of illiterate is someone who is unable to read or write, or who is ignorant about a certain subject.

An example of illiterate is a description for a person who has never learned to read.

adjective
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Ignorant of the fundamentals of a given art or branch of knowledge.

Musically illiterate.

adjective
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Marked by inferiority to an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature.

An illiterate magazine.

adjective
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Violating prescribed standards of speech or writing.

A paragraph with several illiterate expressions.

adjective
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Having less than an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature, or having little formal education.
adjective
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Not conforming to prescribed standards of speech or writing.
adjective
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Violating accepted usage in language.

An illiterate sentence.

adjective
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Having little or no formal education.
adjective
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Unable to read and write.
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An illiterate person, one not able to read.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
illiterate
Plural:
illiterates

Origin of illiterate

  • Middle English from Latin illīterātus in- not in–1 līterātus literate literate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Recorded in English since 1556, from Latin illitteratus (“unlearned, ignorant”), itself from in- (“un-”) + litteratus (“furnished with letters”) (from littera (“letter, character”)).

    From Wiktionary