Definition of analphabetic in US English:



  • 1Representing sounds by composite signs rather than by single letters or symbols.

    ‘Chinese has an analphabetic writing system’
    • ‘In Part 2 of this series, I will address additional type issues, including analphabetic glyphs and the role of English in Japanese design.’
    • ‘The analphabetic characters that specify formatting information are themselves part of a hybrid scheme.’
    • ‘Keeping in mind the goal of minimizing disruption on the page, analphabetic marks frequently require extra attention.’
    • ‘Are you sure that the font contains glyphs for each of the analphabetic symbols you're looking for?’
    • ‘We have the ability to create any new analphabetic mark we can imagine, and integrate it into our personal work.’
  • 2Completely illiterate.

    • ‘Given the limited distribution of media technology in the Soviet Union at the time, the political leadership used holidays instrumentally to familiarize a largely analphabetic population with the goals and visions of the revolution.’
    • ‘His enemies were all analphabetic, meaning illiterate, and had on a Tutu.’
    • ‘The person who said that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ must have been an analphabetic nitwit.’
    • ‘We organise mine risk education courses through theatre acts for analphabetic people, puppets for children, radio announcements.’
    • ‘The most important activities of the last period were the training courses focused on fighting the analphabetic youth in Zimbabwe and course for young single mothers in Bangladesh.’
    unable to read or write, unlettered, functionally illiterate
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