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 (ĭ-no͞o′mər-ĭt, ĭ-nyo͞o′-)
Unfamiliar with mathematical concepts and methods.
A person who is unfamiliar with mathematical concepts and methods.

in·nu′mer·a·cy n.
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(Education) having neither knowledge nor understanding of mathematics or science
(Education) an innumerate person
inˈnumeracy n
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(ɪˈnu mər ɪt, ɪˈnyu-)

1. unfamiliar with mathematical concepts and methods; ignorant in mathematics; not numerate.
2. an innumerate person.
in•nu′mer•a•cy, n.
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Adj.1.innumerate - lacking knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and methods
numerate - able to understand and use numbers
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[ɪˈnjuːmərɪt] ADJincompetente en el cálculo aritmético
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adj to be innumeratenicht rechnen können
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Just as in the UK, our politicians, who are mainly arts graduates, with little scientific backgrounds, and often innumerate, are taking us down this same path obsessed with wind energy.
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Here, Bernard is thrown into desperate confusion when his dodgy accountant goes on the run leaving him to fill in his tax return on his own - not so easy when you're totally innumerate.
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No Government has yet been able to square ever-increasing pass rates with the large number of youngsters who are largely illiterate and innumerate when they leave school.
For decades, they've only ever put the date at the end of their tv programmes in Roman numerals, in the hope that the audience wouldn't be able to work out that they were actually watching very old repeats; but with the new millennium, even the most innumerate viewer knows that, if it doesn't say "MM," it's old.
On the secondary level, it would appear that we have pupils, they are not students, leaving school at 16, who are functionally illiterate and innumerate. Since the Labour Party have been in control in Cardiff Bay since 1997, they seem to have generations of our pupils.
There was a period when some schools appeared to accept failure, turning out illiterate or innumerate students and claiming this was an inevitable result of deprivation in the communities they served.
Kids who are so innumerate they can't calculate how many times they have been in court or how many months it is since they last went to school.
"The idea that imposing drastic cuts will improve the economy is economically illiterate and innumerate, as was discovered in the 1930s.
He stressed: 'We want to see in black and white commitments that this is the way we're going to cure half of kids leaving school having taken GCSEs who are illiterate and innumerate.'
Instead we inherited a lost generation of semi-literate, innumerate yobs - which might help explain Britain's diminishing influence on the world commercial stage in the 70s and 80s.