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able to read and write.
having or showing knowledge of literature, writing, etc.; literary; well-read.
characterized by skill, lucidity, polish, or the like:
His writing is literate but cold and clinical.
having knowledge or skill in a specified field:
Is she computer literate? The boss needs a computer‐literate assistant.
having an education; educated.
a person who can read and write.
a learned person.
Contemporary Examples

According to Fidel, his father, like his mother, did not become fully literate until adulthood.
Castro Family Values A. L. Bardach September 19, 2009

Her humor was New York humor, layered and tangy with irony; chewy and Jewish and deadpan and literate.
Remembering Nora Ephron as Our Dorothy Parker, but More Stephen Schiff June 26, 2012

Then Omar urges all the educated and literate of Afghanistan to rally behind the Taliban mujahideen.
Taliban Leader Threatens Obama Bruce Riedel November 26, 2009

But only the literate imagination can bring them back to life.
Writing For Teens Vs. Adults: Rowling As Case Study Seth Lerer October 2, 2012

Only 13 percent of women are literate (compared with almost 33 percent of men).
Afghan Women Fear Backsliding As President Karzai Negotiates With Taliban Magsie Hamilton-Little February 18, 2012

Historical Examples

The break with the past was a break with its values as these were rooted in literate culture.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

Students who were under the influence of literate reasoning had problems.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

Every American adult must be a skilled, literate worker and citizen.
Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to 2006 Various

Expectation of high figures is an extension of literate expectations.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

Pragmatic requirements and anti-elitist political considerations collided with the literate model and a strange hybrid resulted.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

able to read and write
educated; learned
used to words rather than numbers as a means of expression Compare numerate
a literate person

“educated, instructed,” early 15c., from Latin literatus/litteratus “educated, learned,” literally “one who knows the letters,” formed in imitation of Greek grammatikos from Latin littera/litera “letter” (see letter (n.1)).


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