- the quality or state of being literate, especially the ability to read and write.
- possession of education: to question someone's literacy.
- a person's knowledge of a particular subject or field: to acquire computer literacy; improving your financial literacy.
Origin of literacy
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2. learning, culture.
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Education and literacy, once denied to so many, are universal.Obama Should End America’s Stupidest Foreign Policy: Isolating Cuba
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By all accounts, restructuring cut the literacy overhead of business.
The dependency of communication on literacy proved to be communication's strength.
Aliteracy is also part of the broader change in the status of literacy.
Scholars have looked at literacy from all these perspectives.
Most important is the comprehension of the structural implications of literacy.
- the ability to read and write
- the ability to use language proficiently
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Word Origin and History for literacy
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