- (uncountable) The inability to read and write.
- Illiteracy is widespread in certain areas of the country.
- (uncountable) The portion of a population unable to read and write, generally given as a percentage.
- (countable) A word, phrase, or grammatical turn thought to be characteristic of an illiterate person.
For usage examples of this term, see Citations:illiteracy.
inability to read and write