preliterate
adjective Date: 1925 1. a. not yet employing writing as a cultural medium b. lacking the use of writing 2. antedating the use of writing • preliterate noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • preliterate — [prē΄lit′ər it] adj. [ PRE + LITERATE] of or belonging to a society not having a writing system for its language …   English World dictionary

  • preliterate — /pree lit euhr it/, adj. Anthropol. 1. lacking a written language; nonliterate: a preliterate culture. 2. occurring before the development or use of writing. [1920 25; PRE + LITERATE] * * * …   Universalium

  • preliterate — pre|lit|e|rate [pri:ˈlıtərıt] adj a society that is preliterate has not developed a written language →↑illiterate …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • preliterate — pre|lit|er|ate [ ,pri lıtərət ] adjective a preliterate society does not have a written language …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • preliterate — adjective technical a society that is preliterate has not developed a written language compare illiterate …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • preliterate — UK [ˌpriːˈlɪt(ə)rət] / US [ˌprɪˈlɪtərət] adjective a preliterate society does not have a written language …   English dictionary

  • preliterate — pre•lit•er•ate [[t]priˈlɪt ər ɪt[/t]] adj. 1) ant lacking a written language; nonliterate: a preliterate culture[/ex] 2) ant occurring before the development or use of writing • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • preliterate — /ˌpriˈlɪtərət/ (say .pree lituhruht) adjective not leaving or having written records: a preliterate culture …   Australian English dictionary

  • preliterate — 1. adjective a) that has not yet developed a written language b) who has not yet learned to read and write 2. noun a member of such a culture …   Wiktionary

  • preliterate — prɪː lɪtÉ™rÉ™t / trÉ™t adj. preceding the advent of writing, predating the use of writing; (about a culture) not using writing systems …   English contemporary dictionary

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