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
Our priorities are all wrong when a one-percent interest rate increase makes the headlines but a 10-percent increase in illiteracy is relegated to the back pages.
A word of warning is needed against the assumption of some writers who would exalt the genius of Ruysbroeck by dwelling on what they term his illiteracy and ignorance.
They probably are invested in "literacy" as a social ideal -- and I don't think illiteracy is an acceptable alternative -- and from this perspective they really aren't interested in Literature at all: Any port in a storm will do.
Health illiteracy is a huge problem for providers.
Wow George, did Reisman just say that functional illiteracy is easily fixed?
A second major pattern in the public's economic illiteracy is make-work bias ...
I am not saying any illiteracy is acceptable, of course, but they are obviously using much different methods to compute illiteracy than the US Dept. of Education uses and the Dept. of Education does rank the States, one would assume, using the same methodology for all States.
Ah, but such statistical illiteracy is confined to only a very few Britons and, um, quite a lot of Americans.
Join us as we talk how illiteracy is pass down from generation to generation.
You could call it illiteracy in that they don't know what the word insurance means, but it's just as likely they want the insurance companies to do more than just insurance.