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preliterate

[pree-lit-er-it] /priˈlɪt ər ɪt/
adjective, Anthropology
1.
lacking a written language; nonliterate:
a preliterate culture.
2.
occurring before the development or use of writing.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; pre- + literate
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Examples from the web for preliterate
  • There is no real evidence to suggest that recognition of shapes is a good or necessary exercise for preliterate adults.
  • Researchers have observed, again by studying contemporary preliterate people, that bands become inefficient when they grow large.
British Dictionary definitions for preliterate

preliterate

/priːˈlɪtərɪt/
adjective
1.
relating to a society that has not developed a written language
Derived Forms
preliteracy (priːˈlɪtərəsɪ) noun
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