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Meaning of illiteracy

il•lit•er•a•cy

Pronunciation: (i-lit'ur-u-sē), [key]
— pl. -cies
  1. a lack of ability to read and write.
  2. the state of being illiterate; lack of any or enough education.
  3. a mistake in writing or speaking, felt to be characteristic of an illiterate or semiliterate person: a letter that was full of illiteracies.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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