illiterate

[ih-lit-er-it]
adjective
1.
unable to read and write: an illiterate group.
2.
having or demonstrating very little or no education.
3.
showing lack of culture, especially in language and literature.
4.
displaying a marked lack of knowledge in a particular field: He is musically illiterate.
noun
5.
an illiterate person.

Origin:
1550–60; < Latin illiterātus unlettered. See il-2, literate

illiterately, adverb
illiterateness, noun
semi-illiterate, adjective
semi-illiterately, adverb
semi-illiterateness, noun

1. illegible, illiterate, unreadable ; 2. illiterate, innumerate.


1. See ignorant.
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illiterate (ɪˈlɪtərɪt)
 
adj
1.  unable to read and write
2.  violating accepted standards in reading and writing: an illiterate scrawl
3.  uneducated, ignorant, or uncultured: scientifically illiterate
 
n
4.  an illiterate person
 
il'literacy
 
n
 
il'literateness
 
n
 
il'literately
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

illiterate
1556, from L. illiteratus "unlearned, ignorant," from in- "not" + literatus, lit. "furnished with letters."
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Example sentences
By making life easier for illiterates you gave them no reason to change their
  situation.
It doesn't make any sense, in my mind, to call such people scientific
  illiterates or ignorant.
Perhaps electorates are made up of economic illiterates.
Some are drug dealers, gangs that terrorize neighborhoods and unemployable
  illiterates adding to the crime statistics.
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