Definition of semi-literate in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɛmɪˈlɪt(ə)rət/


1Unable to read or write with ease or fluency; poorly educated: a high proportion of the population is still relatively poor and semi-literate
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  • Furthermore, its efforts are only attractive to the elderly who are eager to learn to read and write and less attractive to the semi-literate youth who want to acquire skills that would turn them into entrepreneurs and artisans.
  • Her own grandmother probably belonged to that semi-literate mass of women who could read fluently, but not write or ‘figure’.
  • The spectacle of the semi-literate president instructing laid-off workers to ‘go get an education’ provided one of the most memorable impressions of the evening.
1.1(Of a text) poorly written: the semi-literate glossies
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  • Or, if deciding between right or wrong was too taxing, they could simply text in semi-literate messages to the show instead.
  • As well as a few semi-literate requests for obscure albums, we are now apparently subscribed to Reclusion's newsletter.
  • Theresa is depicted with all her boyfriends and their semi-literate love/hate letters.



Example sentences
  • Whether the resulting unbalanced attitude towards life and illiteracy or semi-literacy in science and technology leads to a reactionary fundamentalism depends on the circumstances in their respective educational environments.
  • And radio appears to be wallowing in the prevalence of semi-literacy, because a lot of what airs across the board seems to be disseminated on precisely that premise.
  • However, it remains a showcase to the world of semi-literacy and general shoddiness.

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