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preliterate

Syllabification: pre·lit·er·ate
Pronunciation: /prēˈlidərət
 
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Definition of preliterate in English:

adjective

Of, relating to, or denoting a society or culture that has not developed the use of writing.
Example sentences
  • It is instructive to look at preliterate societies, where literacy and standardization have been more recently introduced, to see how different languages begin to acquire prestige and others are devalued.
  • Their individual and collective endeavors were thwarted by the machinations of powerful men, institutions, and a tradition-bound, preliterate society.
  • He travelled to a remote, preliterate culture (the Fore, in New Guinea) to ensure that the subjects had not seen Western photographs or films, and so could never have learned Western emotions.

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