preliterate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

pre- +‎ literate

Adjective[edit]

preliterate (not comparable)

  1. (of a culture) that has not yet developed a written language
  2. (of a person) who has not yet learned to read and write

Noun[edit]

preliterate (plural preliterates)

  1. a member of such a culture