functional illiterate


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functional illiterate

n.
A person whose skills in reading and writing are insufficient for ordinary practical needs.

functional illiterate

n
(Education) a person whose literacy is insufficient for most work and normal daily situations
functional illiteracy n

func′tional illit′erate


n.
a person with some basic education who still falls short of a minimum standard of literacy or whose reading and writing skills are inadequate to everyday needs.
[1945–50]
func′tional illit′eracy, n.
func′tionally illit′erate, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.functional illiterate - a person with some ability to read and write but not enough for daily practical needs
illiterate, illiterate person, nonreader - a person unable to read
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