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[an-al-fuh-bet-ik, an-al-]
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  1. not alphabetic: an analphabetic arrangement of letters.
  2. unable to read or write; illiterate: analphabetic peoples.
  3. Phonetics. of or constituting a system of phonetic transcription, as the one devised by Otto Jespersen, that for each sound indicates by separate sets of symbols the articulator, the point of articulation, and the size and shape of the mouth opening.
  1. an illiterate person; analphabet.

Origin of analphabetic

1660–70; < Greek analphábēt(os) not knowing the alphabet (an- an-1 + alphábēt(os) alphabet + -os adj. suffix) + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for analphabetic


  1. not in alphabetical order
noun, adjective
  1. a less common word for illiterate
Derived Formsanalphabetically, adverb

Word Origin

C20: from Greek analphabētos; see an-, alphabet
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