- lacking a written language; nonliterate: a preliterate culture.
- occurring before the development or use of writing.
Origin of preliterate
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Related Wordssimple, naive, rudimentary, underdeveloped, unsophisticated, undeveloped, savage, natural, barbarian, raw, animal, wild, rough, austere, barbarous, childlike, fierce, ignorant, rude, uncivilized
- relating to a society that has not developed a written language
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