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|part of speech:
||not able to read or write.
He used to be illiterate, but he learned how to read and write.
- similar words:
||illiterately (adv.), illiterateness (n.)
The word illiterate
contains the following parts:
that means not, without
More about this word part:
The prefix il-2
occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-2
used before roots beginning with "l," such as "leg." See in-2
that means letter, reading
that means full of; in a state of