the ability to read and write a campaign to promote adult literacy basic literacy skills opposite illiteracy Wordfinderaccent, alphabet, dialect, grammar, language, literacy, literature, pronunciation, translate, word see also computer literacy Word Origin late 19th cent.: from literate, on the pattern of illiteracy.Extra examples All the children are tested in basic literacy. Critical literacy questions the basic assumptions of our society. a movement to promote financial literacy among women different methods for acquiring literacy Literacy rates are lower among people from the poorer income groups. Most of the students here need help with literacy and numeracy. Poor literacy skills are an increasing problem in some sections of the workforce. Standards of literacy are slowly rising in the 5–8 age group. The government is running a campaign to promote adult literacy.