preliterate :

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  • s  not yet having acquired the ability to read and write
  • s  used of a society that has not developed writing

  • In a preliterate world, there's no distinction between children and adults.
  • The land was populated largely by preliterate farmers, living in small communities, who supported themselves with mixed agriculture and hunting.
  • The "seamless" and communal thought processes of tribal, preliterate man were fragmented; perception itself took on the rigid, abecedarian character of writing.

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