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English definition of “functional illiterate”

functional illiterate

noun [C]     mainly US specialized
someone who is able to live and possibly work in society , but who cannot read and writeInexperienced people and lack of experience functional illiteracy     noun [U] There's a high rate of functional illiteracy here.Aware
(Definition of functional illiterate noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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