Definition of Illiteracy

1. Noun. Ignorance resulting from not reading.

Generic synonyms: Ignorance



2. Noun. An inability to read.
Exact synonyms: Analphabetism
Generic synonyms: Inability
Derivative terms: Analphabetic
Antonyms: Literacy

Definition of Illiteracy

1. n. The state of being illiterate, or uneducated; want of learning, or knowledge; ignorance; specifically, inability to read and write; as, the illiteracy shown by the last census.

Definition of Illiteracy

1. Noun. The inability to read. ¹

2. Noun. The portion of a population unable to read, generally given as a percentage. ¹

3. Noun. A word, phrase(,) or grammatical turn thought to be characteristic of an illiterate person. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Illiteracy

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Illiteracy

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illiteracy (current term)
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Literary usage of Illiteracy

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1. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1884)
"INTERNATIONAL illiteracy. While deeply interested in discussing the illiteracy of our own country, it may be of profit to examine some of the facts concern! ..."

2. Immigration and Labor: The Economic Aspects of European Immigration to the by Isaac Aaronovich Hourwich (1922)
"HOTS: THE STATISTICS OF ITALIAN illiteracy The Immigration Commission concedes that "it is impossible," from a comparison of Italian statistics of ..."

3. The American Year Book: A Record of Events and Progress by Francis Graham Wickware, (, Albert Bushnell Hart, (, Simon Newton Dexter North, William M. Schuyler (1913)
"illiteracy and School Attendance.— Comparable records for illiteracy in the United States begin with the census of 1880. The following table shows the ..."

4. The Cyclopædia of Education: A Dictionary of Information for the Use of by Henry Kiddle, Alexander Jacob Schem (1883)
"The statistics ! of illiteracy are, thus, of the greatest value, as indicating the progress or retrogression of a nation in the most important elements of ..."

5. Labor Problems: A Text Book by Thomas Sewall Adams, Helen Laura Sumner (1905)
"Special Problems : The special problems which are here to be discussed are four in number, illiteracy, the padrone system, the so-called "birds of passage," ..."

6. The Nation and the Schools: A Study in the Application of the Principle of by John Alexander Hull Keith, William Chandler Bagley (1920)
"The figures are available, however, in the table quoted, for a twenty-year span. illiteracy among native whites of native parentage decreased from ..."

7. Schooling of the Immigrant by Frank Victor Thompson (1920)
"THE SOUTH AWAKENED TO illiteracy So far as training for citizenship is concerned, ... Kentucky in 1914 was the first state to authorize an illiteracy ..."

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