Definition of Illiterate

1. Noun. A person unable to read.




2. Adjective. Not able to read or write.

3. Adjective. Uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field. "He is musically illiterate"
Exact synonyms: Ignorant
Similar to: Uneducated

4. Adjective. Lacking culture, especially in language and literature.
Antonyms: Literate

Definition of Illiterate

1. a. Ignorant of letters or books; unlettered; uninstructed; uneducated; as, an illiterate man, or people.

Definition of Illiterate

1. Adjective. Unable to read and write. ¹

2. Adjective. Having less than an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature, or having little formal education. ¹

3. Adjective. Not conforming to prescribed standards of speech or writing. ¹

4. Noun. an '''illiterate''' person, one not able to read. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Illiterate

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Illiterate

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illiterate (current term)
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Literary usage of Illiterate

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1. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings ... Annual Forum by National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association, Conference of Charities (U.S., Conference of Charities (U.S.), National Conference of Social Work (U.S. (1885)
"The 4 per cent, illiterate furnish 33 per cent, of the criminals, which is more than eight ... The 96 per cent, not illiterate furnish only 67 per cent, ..."

2. A Handbook to Political Questions of the Day: And the Arguments on Either Side by Sydney Buxton (1892)
"illiterate Voters. It is probable, however, that one point connected with the Ballot will be re-discussed; namely, the question whether the illiterate voter ..."

3. Abstract of the Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900 by United States Census Office, Simon Newton Dexter North, Walter Francis Willcox, Henry Gannett (1902)
"illiterate POPULATION AT LEAST 10 YEARS OF AGE CLASSIFIED BY SEX, BY RACE, ... 1 illiterate Indian and Mongolian (number 69460, per cent 45.2) not further ..."

4. The Christian Examiner (1828)
"Was Bishop Law illiterate ? Was Dr Jobn Taylor, of Norwich, illiterate? And slender as might be the pretences of Dr Priestley and Theophilus Lindsay to any ..."

5. View of the State of Europe During the Middle Ages by Henry Hallam (1837)
"Nor do there appear to have been any canons made in favour of learning, or any restriction on the ordination of persons absolutely illiterate. ..."

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