use preliterate in a sentence.
In the end I found both 'preliterate' and 'preliteracy' in the 1961 edition of Webster's New International Dictionary.
Neither 'preliterate' nor 'preliteracy' are registered in the 1942 Chicago Dictionary of American English.
The 1949 edition of the Funk and Wagnall New Standard Dictionary lists 'preliterate' only.
She learned the world, she writes, through her senses, through a "preliterate" understanding of the world.
In preliterate societies, in the absence of artificial means of fertility regulation, pregnancies are spaced several years apart by unconscious physiological mechanisms based on breastfeeding.