Definitions for preliteratepriˈlɪt ər ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•lit•er•atepriˈlɪt ər ɪt(adj.)

  1. lacking a written language; nonliterate:

    a preliterate culture.

    Category: Anthropology

  2. occurring before the development or use of writing.

    Category: Anthropology

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preliterate(adj)

    not yet having acquired the ability to read and write

  2. preliterate, nonliterate(adj)

    used of a society that has not developed writing


  1. preliterate(Noun)

    a member of such a culture

  2. preliterate(Adjective)

    that has not yet developed a written language

  3. preliterate(Adjective)

    who has not yet learned to read and write


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