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Only 10% of adults are literate in that country.
able to read and write

More rarely, literate can refer to knowledge in a particular subject area as in: "She is computer literate."

Occasionally literate is also used to indicate a knowledge of literature or writing as in:  "I don’t remember the name of Odysseus’ wife. Ask Susan. She’s one of the more literate people I know." or "If you want a highly literate record of the minutes, ask Susan to record them."
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