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Related to illiterateness: illiterate person
a. Unable to read and write.
b. Having little or no formal education.
a. Marked by inferiority to an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature: an illiterate magazine.
b. Violating prescribed standards of speech or writing: a paragraph with several illiterate expressions.
3. Ignorant of the fundamentals of a given art or branch of knowledge: musically illiterate. See Usage Note at literate.
1. A person who is illiterate.
2. (used with a pl. verb) People who are illiterate, considered as a group.
[Middle English, from Latin illīterātus : in-, not; see in-1 + līterātus, literate; see literate.]
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