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Able to read but not interested in reading. See Usage Note at literate.

a·lit′er·a·cy n.
a·lit′er·ate n.


a person who is able to read but disinclined to do so
of or relating to aliterates


(eɪˈlɪt ər ɪt)

1. a person who is able to read but rarely does.
2. of, being, or characteristic of an aliterate.
a•lit′er•a•cy, n.
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Noun1.aliterate - a person who can read but is disinclined to derive information from literary sourcesaliterate - a person who can read but is disinclined to derive information from literary sources


adj to be aliterateso gut wie nie lesen
n Person, die so gut wie nie liest
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However, in several literate societies there is an increasing number of aliterates, i.
Aliterates however, can read but refuse to read and if they read, do so reluctantly.
It has also been observed that the aliterates in the society have outnumbered the illiterates (Beers, 1996).
Is it any wonder that our youths have become aliterates, persons who choose not to read, unlike the illiterate persons who are unable to read?
I sincerely doubt that America will be a nation of aliterates in 50 years.
If we're becoming aliterate, we're doing so in a most unusual manner.
Reading expert and author Jim Trelease was quoted as saying that aliterates complain they don't have time to read.
They are scary," he replied, when asked about the aliterates.
Likewise, I have to repeatedly warn my students about dealing with the aliterates in Seattle who have built stemming software that automatically turns the name of the university building in which I now write these words--Scobey Hall--into Scooby Doo Hall.
By a parallel process, aliterates have existed among undergraduates for many years and faculty feel their presence is growing (e.