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
In an interview with the Guardian last year, he described them as a bunch of greedy, uncultured, semiliterate oiks.
It should be accessible to the child, to the woman, to the man, to the old person, to the semiliterate, to the presidents of universities, to everyone.
Just because one can forgive the infrequent use of such a construction by children or the semiliterate does make it “correct.”
Lawrence: Just because one can forgive the infrequent use of such a construction by children or the semiliterate does make it “correct.”
As long as the computers are semiliterate, the clerks will have jobs.
Pity the poor textbook writer, charged not only with describing American history to semiliterate students our public schools rank 49th in the nation but also with locating transgendered Americans who made their marks upon it.
Ms. Suchaski said the Hatchechubbee Post Office is a place where locals trade news about births and deaths and the occasional loose cow, and where service extends beyond the mail, to helping some semiliterate customers pay bills.
She would never get mixed up with a semiliterate man who made his living with his fists.
"The problem is there are many athletes graduating from schools who are semiliterate."
When I buy a book from a publisher, I know that, good or bad, at least it won't turn out to be 300 pages of semiliterate drivel.
Making Light: "No one goes around suggesting that everyone should become their own autonomous cheesemakers and cheering the death of the cheese industry. Why? Because that would result in a lot of shitty cheese."