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- Unable to read and write.
- Having less than an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature, or having little formal education.
- 1722, William Wollaston, “Sect. V. Truths relating to the Deity. Of his exiſtence, perfection, providence, &c.”, in The Religion of Nature Delineated, page 81:
- Ignorant and ſuperſtitious wretches meaſure the actions of letterd and philoſophical men by the tattle of their nurſes or illiterate parents and companions, or by the faſhion of the country : and people of differing religions judge and condemn each other by their own tenents ; when both of them cannot be in the right, and it is well if either of them are.
- Not conforming to prescribed standards of speech or writing.
- Ignorant in a specified way or about a specified subject.
- economically illiterate, emotionally illiterate
unable to read and write
having less than an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature
not conforming to prescribed standards of speech or writing
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illiterate (plural illiterates)
- An illiterate person, one not able to read and write.
- A person ignorant about a given subject.
- The government is run by business illiterates.
an illiterate person
- “illiterate” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.