illiteracy

[ih-lit-er-uh-see]
noun, plural illiteracies for 3.
1.
a lack of ability to read and write.
2.
the state of being illiterate; lack of any or enough education.
3.
a mistake in writing or speaking, felt to be characteristic of an illiterate or semiliterate person: a letter that was full of illiteracies.

Origin:
1650–60; illiter(ate) + -acy

semi-illiteracy, noun
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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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Example sentences
The message is that there is no moral stigma attached to illiteracy.
There is indeed an example of mathematical illiteracy here--to be found not in
  the daily chart but among the comments.
Almost all the comments about scientists and science show profound scientific
  illiteracy.
Our world is shaped by widespread statistical illiteracy.
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