[ ih-lit-er-uh-see ]
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noun,plural il·lit·er·a·cies for 3.
  1. a lack of ability to read and write.

  2. the state of being illiterate; lack of any or enough education.

  1. 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

Other words from illiteracy

  • sem·i-il·lit·er·a·cy, noun

Words Nearby illiteracy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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