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functional illiteratenoun [C]

uk   us   mainly US specialized
someone who is ​able to ​live and ​possiblywork in ​society, but who cannot ​read and write
functional illiteracy
noun [U] uk   us  
There's a high rate offunctionalilliteracy here.
(Definition of functional illiterate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “functional illiterate”
in Chinese (Simplified) 功能性文盲, 半文盲…
in Chinese (Traditional) 功能性文盲, 半文盲…
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