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semiliterate

[sem-ee-lit-er-it, sem-ahy-]
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adjective
  1. barely able to read and write.
  2. capable of reading but not writing.
  3. literate but poorly skilled or informed; lacking the proficiency of a literate person.
noun
  1. a person who is semiliterate.

Origin of semiliterate

First recorded in 1925–30; semi- + literate
Related formssem·i·lit·er·a·cy [sem-ee-lit-er-uh-see, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈlɪt ər ə si, ˌsɛm aɪ-/, noun
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semiliterate

adjective
  1. hardly able to read or write
  2. able to read but not to write
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