Definition of illiteracy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    illiteracy

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlɪtərəsi//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɪtərəsi//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1the inability to read or write The illiteracy rate on the island is still unacceptably high. movements to eradicate illiteracy opposite literacy
  2. 2(usually after a noun or an adjective) the fact of knowing very little about a particular subject area economic/scientific illiteracy