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literacy

[lit-er-uh-see] /ˈlɪt ər ə si/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being literate, especially the ability to read and write.
2.
possession of education:
to question someone's literacy.
3.
a person's knowledge of a particular subject or field: to acquire computer literacy;
improving your financial literacy.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; liter(ate) + -acy
Related forms
antiliteracy, adjective
Synonyms
2. learning, culture.
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Examples from the web for literacy
  • Ability to interpret technical information and communicate to users with varying levels of technology literacy.
  • Of course, literacy was limited in the eighteenth century, and those who could read had limited access to books.
  • But the image alters as you read about the rise in literacy levels in the state.
  • It's insulting, giving the climb in literacy, knowledge and higher education in the population.
  • There is research suggesting that secondary orality and literacy don't mix.
  • Reading that prose is one of the great joys that literacy bestows on the sentient.
  • There is no denying that basic scientific literacy in this country is lower than it could be and should be.
  • literacy was already widely-disseminated in the fifteenth century.
  • Science literacy will play a vital role in addressing major national challenges such as formulating energy policy.
  • Instead the focus on literacy and numeracy is gradually squeezing opportunity for student directed learning out of the curriculum.
British Dictionary definitions for literacy

literacy

/ˈlɪtərəsɪ/
noun
1.
the ability to read and write
2.
the ability to use language proficiently
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Word Origin and History for literacy
n.

1883, formed in English from literate + -cy. Illiteracy, however, dates back to 17c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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