What does illiteracy mean?

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Noun
  1. (uncountable) The inability to read and write.
  2. (uncountable) The portion of a population unable to read and write, generally given as a percentage.
  3. (countable) A word, phrase, or grammatical turn thought to be characteristic of an illiterate person.
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That little bit of socialism, or communism if you will, has done a whole lot of good as far as almost eliminating illiteracy.
Further, there are social issues that are negatively impacted by this very topic of illiteracy.
The focus should be on rural areas and urban slums, where illiteracy and poor hygiene will have to be tackled.
Poverty and illiteracy characterized southern Italy, where two-thirds of the immigrants originated.
What all these countries have in common is widespread unemployment and illiteracy.
Standards of education, while high during the 1970s, have slumped dramatically and illiteracy rates have soared.

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