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semiliterate

[sem-ee-lit-er-it, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈlɪt ər ɪt, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
adjective
1.
barely able to read and write.
2.
capable of reading but not writing.
3.
literate but poorly skilled or informed; lacking the proficiency of a literate person.
noun
4.
a person who is semiliterate.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; semi- + literate
Related forms
semiliteracy
[sem-ee-lit-er-uh-see, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈlɪt ər ə si, ˌsɛm aɪ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • Eventually he led me to a semiliterate jewelry salesman with wide-set eyes and a penchant for gold chains.
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  • Although his father is only semiliterate, he was a perfectionist in other respects and extremely expansive.
  • Preliterate, non-literate, and semiliterate learners usually experience slow progress in learning to read.
British Dictionary definitions for semiliterate

semiliterate

/ˌsɛmɪˈlɪtərɪt/
adjective
1.
hardly able to read or write
2.
able to read but not to write
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