illiterate person

illiterate person
a person unable to read
Syn: ↑illiterate, ↑nonreader
Hypernyms: ↑ignoramus, ↑know nothing, ↑uneducated person

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • illiterate person — See illiteracy; illiterate …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • illiterate — [i lit′ər it] adj. [L illiteratus, unlettered: see IN 2 & LITERATE] 1. ignorant; uneducated; esp., not knowing how to read or write 2. having or showing limited knowledge, experience, or culture, esp. in some particular field [musically… …   English World dictionary

  • illiterate — (adj.) early 15c., uneducated, unable to read (originally of Latin), from L. illiteratus unlearned, unlettered, ignorant; without culture, inelegant, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + literatus, lit. furnished… …   Etymology dictionary

  • illiterate, ignorant — An illiterate person is someone unable to read. The term has been broadened to mean unable to read or write. Somewhat loosely and inexactly, illiterate is now used also to mean not only unlettered but lacking knowledge or culture either in… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • illiterate — illiterately, adv. illiterateness, n. /i lit euhr it/, adj. 1. unable to read and write: an illiterate group. 2. having or demonstrating very little or no education. 3. showing lack of culture, esp. in language and literature. 4. displaying a… …   Universalium

  • illiterate — il•lit•er•ate [[t]ɪˈlɪt ər ɪt[/t]] adj. 1) unable to read and write 2) having or demonstrating little education 3) showing lack of culture 4) displaying a marked lack of knowledge in a particular field: musically illiterate[/ex] 5) an illiterate… …   From formal English to slang

  • illiterate — 1. adjective /ɪˈlɪtəɹət/ a) Unable to read and write. b) Having less than an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature, or having little …   Wiktionary

  • illiterate — /ɪˈlɪtərət / (say i lituhruht), /ɪˈlɪtrət / (say i litruht) adjective 1. unable to read and write. 2. lacking education. 3. showing lack of culture. –noun 4. an illiterate person. {Latin illiterātus unlettered} –illiterately, adverb… …   Australian English dictionary

  • illiterate — adj. & n. adj. 1 unable to read. 2 uneducated. n. an illiterate person. Derivatives: illiteracy n. illiterately adv. illiterateness n. Etymology: L illitteratus (as IN (1), litteratus LITERATE) …   Useful english dictionary

  • illiterate — Unlettered; ignorant of letters or books; untaught, unlearned; uninstructed in science. A person who can sign his name, may still be illiterate. Hence it is improper to describe a person who cannot sign his name by the word illiterate. Re… …   Ballentine's law dictionary