Definition of innumerate in English:

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Pronunciation: /iˈn(y)o͞omərət/


Without a basic knowledge of mathematics and arithmetic.
Example sentences
  • There are no contemporary estimates of how rapidly and how far literacy spread; nor is it possible for us to quantify it with the data provided by largely innumerate contemporaries.
  • So nice, compassionate, slightly innumerate people who genuinely want to help the homeless could conceivably have been taken in.
  • Even little innumerate old me spotted a discrepancy here.


A person lacking basic knowledge of mathematics and arithmetic.
Example sentences
  • Now I know they are staffed by a load of hopeless innumerates, but come on guys…
  • This is like protesting the menorah because it excludes the innumerate.
  • One of the rarely admitted secrets about journalists is that many of us are functional ‘innumerates’ - another way of saying ‘mathematically illiterate.’



Pronunciation: /iˈn(y)o͞om(ə)rəsē/
Example sentences
  • What are we to make of the breakdown of standards of intellectual discourse in this affair - the statistical innumeracy, the confusion of fairness with sameness, the refusal to glance at the scientific literature?
  • I won't say that this reporter is biased, but there is this problem of the innumeracy of the press, which has also exhibited itself elsewhere during this episode.
  • Let's call it a typo rather than an admission of my own innumeracy.

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Syllabification: in·nu·mer·ate

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