Definition of functional illiterate in English:

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functional illiterate

Entry from US English dictionary


A person whose level of ability to read and write is below that needed to do the ordinary tasks required to function normally in society.
Example sentences
  • Are you proud that 40 million adult Americans are functional illiterates?
  • It is a national scandal that so many students in urban public schools are functional illiterates.
  • There are billions of full illiterates or functional illiterates on the planet.

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Syllabification: func·tion·al il·lit·er·ate

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