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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having achieved an elementary level of ability in reading and writing.
  • adj. Having limited knowledge or understanding, especially of a technical subject.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not entirely literate; having a limited grasp of the written language

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

  • adj. able to read but not to write
  • adj. barely able to read and write
  • adj. literate but poorly informed


semi- +‎ literate (Wiktionary)



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