noun Etymology: Latin numerus number + English -acy (as in literacy) Date: 1959 the capacity for quantitative thought and expression • numerate adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • numeracy — umeracy n. skill with numbers and mathematics; the skill with numbers analogous to {literacy}, the skill of reading. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • numeracy — (n.) 1957, from numerate (adj.), from L. numeratus counted out, from numerus a number (see NUMBER (Cf. number) (n.)) on model of LITERACY (Cf. literacy), etc …   Etymology dictionary

  • numeracy — a term denoting competence with basic mathematical concepts, was coined in 1959 on the analogy of literacy by a UK committee on education reporting in that year. The corresponding adjective is numerate …   Modern English usage

  • Numeracy — Innumeracy redirects here. For the book of same name, see Innumeracy (book). Numeracy is the ability to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts. A numerically literate person can manage and respond to the mathematical demands of… …   Wikipedia

  • numeracy — [[t]nju͟ːmərəsi, AM nu͟ː [/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft N n Numeracy is the ability to do arithmetic. Six months later John had developed literacy and numeracy skills, plus confidence …   English dictionary

  • numeracy — nu|me|ra|cy [ˈnju:mərəsi US ˈnu: ] n [U] the ability to do calculations and understand simple mathematics →↑literacy ▪ The report suggests that students need to improve their numeracy skills …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • numeracy — numerate ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having a good basic knowledge of arithmetic. DERIVATIVES numeracy noun. ORIGIN from Latin numerus a number , on the pattern of literate …   English terms dictionary

  • numeracy — See numerate. * * * …   Universalium

  • numeracy — noun The quality of being numerate; numerical skill …   Wiktionary

  • numeracy — nu|mer|a|cy [ numərəsi ] noun uncount basic skills in mathematics …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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