functional illiterate


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. functional disease,
  2. functional disorder,
  3. functional food,
  4. functional group,
  5. functional hypertrophy,
  6. functional imperative,
  7. functional isomer,
  8. functional load,
  9. functional medicine,
  10. functional murmur

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

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

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