from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition of being unable to read and write.
- n. An error, as in writing or speech, made by or thought to be characteristic of one who is illiterate. See Usage Note at literate.
- n. The condition or quality of being ignorant or unknowledgeable in a particular subject or field: cultural illiteracy; scientific illiteracy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The inability to read.
- n. The portion of a population unable to read, generally given as a percentage.
- n. A word, phrase, or grammatical turn thought to be characteristic of an illiterate person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being illiterate, or uneducated; lack of learning, or knowledge; ignorance; specifically, inability to read and write.
- n. An instance of ignorance; a literary blunder.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being illiterate; ignorance of letters; absence of education.
- n. An error in the use of letters; a literal or a literary error.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. ignorance resulting from not reading
- n. an inability to read
in- + literacy (Wiktionary)