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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As a functional illiterate when it comes to social media, I was blissfully unaware of most of this.
Within the boundaries of that activity, if encounters with print can arouse feelings of decoding success and if that success can in turn enhance the pleasure component of that activity, a functional illiterate will not only get reading practice but is also more likely to develop the intrinsic motivation to read more broadly.
While functional illiterate refers to those who can read and write to some degree but below a minimum level required to function in even a limited social situation or workplace or job setting.
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As a functional illiterate, Zimmerman had lots of company.
It's appalling that an accredited state university would admit a functional illiterate, even recruit him, and leave him illiterate after four years as a student.
A university graduate with a bachelor's degree in education and business administration, Corcoran was a functional illiterate for almost 50 years.
schools are graduating students without knowledge, better known as functional illiterates.
He cites the last three generations for negligent parenting and points to leniency and a degradation of family morality as the reasons behind "today's homeless mentally unbalanced drug dependent crack babies unwed mothers welfare dependents abandoned children jail inmates functional illiterates 'ADHD' children and other physically and mentally maladjusted individuals.

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