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illiterate

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Definition unable to read or write (not literate)

or:

uninformed in a particular field or general subject area
  • She is functionally illiterate, so she will need help filling out the employment application.
illiterate = unable to read or write
  • She is politically illiterate.
  • illiterate = uninformed
  • The country is working to reduce the rate of illiteracy.
  • illiteracy = inability to read and write
  • She is culturally illiterate.
  • illiterate = uninformed
  • If the machine were used deliberately for that end, hunger, overwork, dirt, illiteracy, and disease could be eliminated within a few generations.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • illiteracy = inability to read and write
  • There's just no telling what illiterates like that might do.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • illiterates = people who can't read or write
  • In our valley we received most of our information from the radio because so many had no TV or were illiterate.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • illiterate = unable to read or write
  • I couldn't ask Gordy because then he'd know I was an illiterate Indian idiot.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • illiterate = unable to read or write (not literate)

    or:

    uninformed in a particular field or general subject area
  • We have almost fifty million illiterate adults, two thirds of whom are women, like my own mother.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • illiterate = unable to read or write
  • My father was astonished and pleased—in our country few doctors bother explaining anything to an illiterate woman.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • illiterate = unable to read or write
  • We have so many people in our country who are illiterate.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • illiterate = unable to read or write
  • He felt ashamed but had no choice if he didn't want to end up illiterate.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • illiterate = unable to read or write
  • We know him affectionately as Badshah Sahib, and though he was completely illiterate, he managed to bring peace to the valley.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • illiterate = unable to read or write
  • Let them be illiterate.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • illiterate = unable to read or write
  • He had studied in a British school in Peshawar, and perhaps because his own father was illiterate he was passionate about schools and built many, as well as hospitals and roads.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • illiterate = unable to read or write
  •   "Two dollars you promised me."
      Winston found and handed over two creased and filthy notes, which Parsons entered in a small notebook, in the neat handwriting of the illiterate.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • illiterate = uninformed or unable to read and write
  • She was illiterate until she was sixteen; she grew up in a one-room but and slept with goats and chickens.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Let us leave the lamentations to the illiterate!
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • Many of our voters were illiterate, and were likely to be intimidated by the mere idea of voting.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me

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