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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Not able to read or write.

Usage examples (33)
  • The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
  • Is English not your mother tongue or are you just plain illiterate?
  • To be religiously illiterate is to short-change one's self and society.
  • - The number of absolutely illiterate is equal to about seventeen percent, while not more than ten percent have the advantage of a good common school education. for more
Tutoring comment
  • If you know how to "alliterate" (repeat an initial consonant sound in two or more words), chances are you're not "illiterate" (unable to read or write).
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