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preliterate

[ pree-lit-er-it ]
/ priˈlɪt ər ɪt /
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adjective Anthropology.
lacking a written language; nonliterate: a preliterate culture.
occurring before the development or use of writing.
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Origin of preliterate

First recorded in 1920–25; pre- + literate
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British Dictionary definitions for preliterate

preliterate
/ (priːˈlɪtərɪt) /

adjective
relating to a society that has not developed a written language

Derived forms of preliterate

preliteracy (priːˈlɪtərəsɪ), noun
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