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Aliteracy vs. Illiteracy — What's the Difference?

Aliteracy vs. Illiteracy — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Aliteracy and Illiteracy

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Aliteracy

Aliteracy (sometimes spelled alliteracy) is the state of being able to read but being uninterested in doing so. This phenomenon has been reported on as a problem occurring separately from illiteracy, which is more common in the developing world, while aliteracy is primarily a problem in the developed world.

Illiteracy

The condition of being unable to read and write.

Aliteracy

Able to read but not interested in reading. See Usage Note at literate.

Illiteracy

An error, as in writing or speech, made by or thought to be characteristic of one who is illiterate. See Usage Note at literate.

Aliteracy

The state of having the ability to read, but lacking interest in doing so.
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Illiteracy

The condition or quality of being ignorant or unknowledgeable in a particular subject or field
Cultural illiteracy.
Scientific illiteracy.

Illiteracy

(uncountable) The inability to read and write.
Illiteracy is widespread in certain areas of the country.

Illiteracy

(uncountable) The portion of a population unable to read and write, generally given as a percentage.

Illiteracy

(countable) A word, phrase, or grammatical turn thought to be characteristic of an illiterate person.

Illiteracy

Unlearnedness; the state of being ignorant or unlettered.

Illiteracy

The state of being illiterate, or uneducated; lack of learning, or knowledge; ignorance; specifically, inability to read and write; as, the illiteracy shown by the last census.

Illiteracy

An instance of ignorance; a literary blunder.
The many blunders and illiteracies of the first publishers of his [Shakespeare's] works.

Illiteracy

Ignorance resulting from not reading

Illiteracy

An inability to read

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