semiliterate


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sem·i·lit·er·ate

 (sĕm′ē-lĭt′ər-ĭt, sĕm′ī-)
adj.
1. Having achieved an elementary level of ability in reading and writing.
2. Having limited knowledge or understanding, especially of a technical subject.

sem′i·lit′er·a·cy (-ər-ə-sē) n.

semiliterate

(ˌsɛmɪˈlɪtərɪt)
adj
1. (Education) hardly able to read or write
2. (Education) able to read but not to write

sem•i•lit•er•ate

(ˌsɛm iˈlɪt ər ɪt, ˌsɛm aɪ-)

adj.
1. barely able to read and write.
2. capable of reading but not writing.
n.
3. a person who is semiliterate.
[1925–30]
sem`i•lit′er•a•cy (-ə si) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.semiliterate - literate but poorly informed
educated - possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge)
2.semiliterate - barely able to read and write; "an semiliterate scrawl"
illiterate - not able to read or write
3.semiliterate - able to read but not to write
illiterate - not able to read or write
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Some of the stewards (there were semiliterate foremen among them) listened with alarm, supposing these words to mean that the young count was displeased with their management and embezzlement of money, some after their first fright were amused by Pierre's lisp and the new words they had not heard before, others simply enjoyed hearing how the master talked, while the cleverest among them, including the chief steward, understood from this speech how they could best handle the master for their own ends.
She gave it not just her undivided indifference - I think the word semiliterate was used."
MIRPUR KHAS -- Commissioner Mirpurkhas Division Abdul Waheed Shaikh pledged the need to see flourishing skill development centers for illiterate and semiliterate young females, who after losing their traditional source of earning are looking for better alternative source of livelihood.
MIRPURKHAS -- Mirpurkhas Division Commissioner Abdul Waheed Shaikh vowed to flourish skill development centers for illiterate and semiliterate young females, who were looking for better alternative source of livelihood after losing their traditional source of earning.
In a study conducted previously the rate of depression washigher among illiterate/ semiliterate 66.7% than those having secondary/ university education 24.5%20.
By combinations of simple homophonous characters, and by extractions of distinctive ideographic shapes, a semiliterate waiter can speedily write what remains remarkably legible to the similarly semiliterate kitchen.
In one tape, Carlson calls Iraqis "semiliterate primitive monkeys" and says they should "just shut the [expletive] up and obey".
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In the recordings, Carlson can be heard referring to Iraqis as "semiliterate primitive monkeys," adding they "don't use toilet paper or forks."
What preceded this was, supposedly, unenlightened, semiliterate manufacturing.
This is in the wide interest of patients many of whom are illiterate or semiliterate are exploited with no fault of theirs.