Definition of innumerate in US English:



  • Without a basic knowledge of mathematics and arithmetic.

    ‘to this day I am practically innumerate’
    • ‘But if you're innumerate, people seem to think that's OK.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, we physicians are largely innumerate - even those of us who hold editorial positions at influential medical journals.’
    • ‘Academics at the University of London warned that if this is not addressed, we could create an innumerate generation.’
    • ‘He used it to sum up the persuasive power of authoritatively made numeric presentations to a largely innumerate public.’
    • ‘Even little innumerate old me spotted a discrepancy here.’
    • ‘It's a part of the literacy/numeracy problem - if someone is innumerate there's no point trying to explain significance as a percentage etc.’
    • ‘So nice, compassionate, slightly innumerate people who genuinely want to help the homeless could conceivably have been taken in.’
    • ‘There are no contemporary estimates of how rapidly and how far literacy spread; nor is it possible for us to quantify it with the data provided by largely innumerate contemporaries.’
    • ‘I wanted to find out just how stupid, reckless or hopelessly innumerate they could be.’
    • ‘Even the most innumerate family lawyer will need to know the principles, at least, on which child maintenance is to be assessed.’
    • ‘In the past I have found I was too short to be a police officer, too poor to be an international playboy, too innumerate to be an aerospace engineer, too smart to be an elected official.’
    • ‘We need to stop being an innumerate country, and start to get on board the fact that it is perfectly possible for everybody to understand the basics of statistics.’
    • ‘But this is a form of social injustice, for innumerate and illiterate workers are locked into a low-wage future.’
    • ‘The big dirty secret about journalists is that most are innumerate.’
    • ‘Only now - after aid - is it possible for them to seriously discuss trade; you can't trade when your people are illiterate, innumerate, diseased and starving.’
    • ‘Since most of us are innumerate, the arguments may seem dazzling.’
    • ‘It would rather let them go out into the world illiterate or innumerate rather than suffer the supposed indignity of being told how to do something properly.’
    • ‘During the 1980s, he discovered that many of the young workers in his manufacturing firms were functionally illiterate and innumerate.’
    • ‘Professionals often use verbal quantifiers such as ‘rarely’ and ‘unlikely’ to describe risk because they believe the public is innumerate.’
    • ‘Like millions of Venezuelans, in the midst of spurting oil wealth she was left illiterate and innumerate.’


  • A person lacking basic knowledge of mathematics and arithmetic.

    • ‘One of the rarely admitted secrets about journalists is that many of us are functional ‘innumerates’ - another way of saying ‘mathematically illiterate.’’
    • ‘Now I know they are staffed by a load of hopeless innumerates, but come on guys…’
    • ‘This is like protesting the menorah because it excludes the innumerate.’