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Meaning of preliterate

pre•lit•er•ate

Pronunciation: (prē-lit'ur-it), [key]
— adj. Anthropol.
  1. lacking a written language; nonliterate: a preliterate culture.
  2. occurring before the development or use of writing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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