illiteracy

[ ih-lit-er-uh-see ]
/ ɪˈlɪt ər ə si /

noun, plural il·lit·er·a·cies for 3.

a lack of ability to read and write.
the state of being illiterate; lack of any or enough education.
a mistake in writing or speaking, felt to be characteristic of an illiterate or semiliterate person: a letter that was full of illiteracies.

Origin of illiteracy

First recorded in 1650–60; illiter(ate) + -acy

Related forms

sem·i-il·lit·er·a·cy, noun
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