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literacy

[lit-er-uh-see]
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noun
  1. the quality or state of being literate, especially the ability to read and write.
  2. possession of education: to question someone's literacy.
  3. a person's knowledge of a particular subject or field: to acquire computer literacy; improving your financial literacy.
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Origin of literacy

First recorded in 1880–85; liter(ate) + -acy
Related formsan·ti·lit·er·a·cy, adjective

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Related Words for literacy

proficiency, education, knowledge, learning, refinement, cultivation, articulateness, background, scholarship, articulacy

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British Dictionary definitions for literacy

literacy

noun
  1. the ability to read and write
  2. the ability to use language proficiently
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Word Origin and History for literacy

n.

1883, formed in English from literate + -cy. Illiteracy, however, dates back to 17c.

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