- 1Unable to read or write: his parents were illiterateMore example sentences
unable to read or write, unlettered
- In Uganda, among those aged fifteen years and over, about 50 percent are illiterate (unable to read or write).
- Children were not allowed to attend public schools and many were illiterate; reading and writing being ‘unnatural’ technologies that would corrupt the children.
- In addition, many South Africans were illiterate, and unable to read news reports of proceedings.
- 1.1 [with submodifier] Ignorant in a particular subject or activity: the extent to which voters are politically illiterateMore example sentences
- Couple a scientifically illiterate public with activist groups well-versed in scare tactics and what do you get?
- Indeed, as I have wondered elsewhere, how long will Americans endure the arrogance and ignorance of their own technically illiterate politicians?
- That they were able to do so handily and with a backward and politically illiterate film star as their standard bearer only underscores the dimensions of the Democratic collapse.
- 1.2Uncultured or poorly educated: the ignorant, illiterate town councilMore example sentences
- Such a defence is offered only to hoodwink the gullible, illiterate and ignorant millions.
- We keep them in power, and they keep us illiterate, ignorant and prolific.
- It preys on the ignorant, the illiterate, the gullible, and the meek.
- 1.3(Especially of a piece of writing) showing a lack of education, especially an inability to read or write well.More example sentences
- Then he disparaged my writing for being too illiterate for some but too literate for others.
- Even in 1935 they were being sent an ‘astonishing amount of illiterate and unintelligent writing’, but practised readers spent little time on it.
- Is it any wonder that our K - 12 education system is in such bad shape when such an illiterate, antiquated report has been circulated and used for more than a decade?
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- A person who is unable to read or write.More example sentences
- This reminds me of a quote from Italo Calvino (who was most certainly literate): ‘The ratio of literacy to illiteracy is constant, but now the illiterates can read.’
- Without history you find yourself like illiterates who can't read the present.
- The Merovingian kings were not boorish illiterates, but were able to read and write.
- Lacking the literacy necessary for coping with most jobs and many everyday situations.More example sentences
- A recent video released by the American Medical Association reported that about onehalf of Americans have low health literacy and one-fifth are functionally illiterate.
- Many were illiterate or functionally illiterate in Spanish.
- Several of these parents were either illiterate or functionally illiterate in Spanish and did not speak English.
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- But, as usual, Jack displayed the irony of his many advanced education degrees and illiterately misread the map.
- They tell their own story, simply; sometimes ungrammatically and illiterately, but nevertheless irresistibly.
- The degree of hateful violence expressed here by the anti-hunters, albeit nearly illiterately, is frightening.
late Middle English: from Latin illitteratus, from in- 'not' + litteratus (see literate).