• IPA: /ɪˈlɪtəɹəsi/, /ɪˈlɪt(ʃ)ɹəsi/


  1. (uncountable) The inability to read and write.
    Illiteracy is widespread in certain areas of the country.
  2. (uncountable) The portion of a population unable to read and write, generally given as a percentage.
  3. (countable) A word, phrase or grammatical turn thought to be characteristic of an illiterate person.
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