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an·al·pha·bet·ic

 (ăn-ăl′fə-bĕt′ĭk)
adj.
1. Not alphabetical.
2. Unable to read; illiterate.
n.
One who is unable to read; an illiterate.

[From Greek analphabētos, not knowing the alphabet : an-, not; see a-1 + alphabētos, alphabet; see alphabet.]

analphabetic

(ˌænælfəˈbɛtɪk; ænˌæl-)
adj
not in alphabetical order
n, adj
a less common word for illiterate
[C20: from Greek analphabētos; see an-, alphabet]
ˌanalphaˈbetically adv

analphabetic

1. unable to read or write.
2. descriptive of a language written without an alphabet; that is, with a syllabary (Cherokee), in hieroglyphics (ancient Egyptian), in ideograms (Chinese) , or in pictograms (American Indian).
See also: Alphabet
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.analphabetic - an illiterate person who does not know the alphabet
illiterate, illiterate person, nonreader - a person unable to read
Adj.1.analphabetic - relating to or expressed by a writing system that is not alphabetic
alphabetic, alphabetical - relating to or expressed by a writing system that uses an alphabet; "alphabetical writing system"
2.analphabetic - not alphabetic; "an analphabetic arrangement of letters"; "Jesperson's system of phonetic transcription is analphabetic"
alphabetic, alphabetical - arranged in order according to the alphabet; "an alphabetic arrangement"; "dictionaries list words in alphabetical order"
3.analphabetic - having little acquaintance with writinganalphabetic - having little acquaintance with writing; "special tutorials to assist the unlettered sector of society"
illiterate - not able to read or write
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