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functional illiterate

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noun
  1. a person with some basic education who still falls short of a minimum standard of literacy or whose reading and writing skills are inadequate to everyday needs.

Origin of functional illiterate

First recorded in 1945–50
Related formsfunctional illiteracy, nounfunctionally illiterate, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for functional illiterate

functional illiterate

noun
  1. a person whose literacy is insufficient for most work and normal daily situations
Derived Formsfunctional illiteracy, noun
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