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  • n. The quality of being numerate; numerical skill

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. skill with numbers and mathematics; -- the skill with numbers analogous to literacy, the skill of reading.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. skill with numbers and mathematics


Portmanteau of "numerical literacy", coined in 1959 by the UK Committee on Education, presided over by Sir Geoffrey Crowther. (Wiktionary)


  • ‘The foundation of literacy and numeracy is being able to talk,’ said Mrs Gross.

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  • Gaining a level 2 qualification in numeracy or literacy GREATLY improves a persons employment and promotion prospects; i have seen this first hand.

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  • Nevertheless, the fact that they ARE having to teach literacy and numeracy is a remarkable indictment of schools.

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  • Following that, you will need a level 3 (‘A’ level equivalent) in numeracy & literacy. and go on to achieve a level 4 teaching qualification.

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  • Not as much information has been placed on health numeracy, which is the ability to work with basic numbers.


  • By the early 1800s a new invention called numeracy


  • American Psycho in their electronic ledger for publishing bean-counting. new author ( "only 1 left in stock!") warned about the danger of rank-watching obsessions by others less recently in print, I can attest to the importance of this kind of numeracy and the role of database thinking in writerly circles.


  • Made possible with £1.7 million from the Convergence European Social Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government, the unique scheme will bring together police, teachers and other education and community workers to identify those most at risk of becoming detached from the world of work (NEET, Not in Education, Employment or Training) and the best way to target the specific problems faced by each individual, including help with basic skills such as numeracy and literacy.


  • While disabilities often mean lower income levels and life expectancy, the commission finds that "being black and male appears to have a greater impact on levels of numeracy than being learning disabled".

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  • In spite of these enormously favorable conditions such a gruesome failure must surely raise questions of basic competence, and numeracy.

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  • Numeracy and literacy are not antonyms!! Numeracy might be a specific form of literacy, as in the ability to read and write quantitative information. Alternatively, numeracy might be a complementary skill to literacy: reading, thinking, and writing with words is complemented by the ability to read, think, and write with numbers. One could argue that literacy is primary and numeracy is secondary, but the idea that these two abilities are opposed is nonsense. The book Mathematics & Democracy: The Case for Quantitative Literacy offers an extensive discussion of the definition of numeracy, and quantitative literacy, which the book treats as a synonym. Consider this gem, for instance: "As it turns out, it is not calculus but numeracy that is the key to understanding our data-drenched society."

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