illiteracy

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in- +‎ literacy

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illiteracy (countable and uncountable, plural illiteracies)

  1. (uncountable) The inability to read.
    Illiteracy is widespread in certain areas of the country.
  2. (uncountable) The portion of a population unable to read, generally given as a percentage.
  3. (countable) A word, phrase, or grammatical turn thought to be characteristic of an illiterate person.

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