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(Latin: suffix; state, quality, condition, or act of; forming nouns)

illiteracy (s) (noun), illiteracies (pl)
1. A lack of the ability to read and to write: It cannot be underestimated that illiteracy is not only prevalent among the younger generation, but also found in adults who have chosen ways to hide this handicap.

June found it most difficult to find a job in shops or stores because of her illiteracy and not being able to decipher the writing on the packages she would have to place on the shelves for the customers.
2. The circumstance of not having any or enough education: Jim was told that the mistakes he made in writing or speaking were the results his illiteracy.

1. The quality or condition of being immediate.
2. Freedom from intermediate or intervening agency; direct relation or connexion; directness; such as, "The immediacy of live-television news coverage."
1. A lack of an adequate quantity or number.
2. A lack of competence; insufficiency.
innumerate (adjective), more innumerate, most innumerate
Being unfamiliar with mathematical theories and formulas: As much as he regrets it, Gilbert is an innumerate person who is unable to understand or to do basic mathematics.
Equality of power or rule; a system of government in which all the people possess equal political power.
isocracy, isocratic
Equality of power or rule; a system of government in which all the people possess equal political power.
kleptocracy, cleptocracy (s) (noun); kleptocracies, cleptocracies (pl)
1. A government characterized by rampant greed and corruption.
2. A ruling body or order of criminals; a government run by thieves; a nation ruled by this kind of government.
A government by judges; the governmental rule of judges in which they reach “desirable results” that fit some particular social philosophy.
legacy (s) (noun), legacies (pl)
1. Money or property that is left to someone or others in a will: Mark Jones left his entire art collection as a legacy to the his local art museum.
2. Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past: In some places, people have received a legacy of religious freedom.

The Ionic style of architecture that exists in some places is a legacy that has been inherited from ancient Greece.

Something that comes from an ancestor or from the past.
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legitimacy (s) (noun)
1. The fact or situation in which someone or something exists in accordance with law or is valid.
2. The condition of being in accordance with law or principle. Now often, with respect to a sovereign's title, in a narrower sense: The fact of being derived by regular descent; occasionally the principle of lineal succession to the throne, as a political doctrine.
3. Conformity to rules or principles; that which is legal.
literacy (s) (noun), literacies (pl)
1. The ability to read and to write: Greg became skilled in literacy when he was in elementary school and enjoyed poring over books about animals.
2. The understanding of written material or the expertise in a specific area: Computer literacy is certainly an advantage when seeking a job in the present world.
1. The condition of being a lunatic; intermittent insanity such as was formerly supposed to be brought about by the changes of the moon; now applied generally to any form of insanity (idiocy is usually excepted).

In legal use, such mental unsoundness that interferes with civil rights or transactions. Also, a fit or attack of such insanity.

2. It is now considered an offensive term for any psychiatric disorder that rendered patients legally incompetent and required them to be taken into care.

This term was supposedly never used by physicians in medical or psychiatric contexts.

3. Now, it is considered to be an unintelligent, inconsiderate, or misguided behavior, or an example of it.
4. A foolish act.
Government or dominance of society by the mediocre.
1. A form of social order where women are in charge and are recognized as the heads of families, with power, lineage, and inheritance passing, where possible, from mothers to daughters.
2. Any community, society, or social group that is based on matriarchy.
3. Any form of organization or government where women have power.