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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.
- Not conforming to prescribed standards of speech or writing.
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.
an illiterate person
- “illiterate” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.