[ pree-lit-er-it ]
/ priˈlɪt ər ɪt /
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lacking a written language; nonliterate: a preliterate culture.
occurring before the development or use of writing.
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British Dictionary definitions for preliterate
/ (priːˈlɪtərɪt) /
relating to a society that has not developed a written language
Derived forms of preliteratepreliteracy (priːˈlɪtərəsɪ), noun
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