1. the ability to read and write
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Literacy \Lit"er*a*cy\ (l[i^]t"[~e]r*[.a]*s[y^]), n.
State of being literate.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the ability to read and write [ant: analphabetism,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
24 Moby Thesaurus words for "literacy":
bibliolatry, bibliomania, bluestockingism, book learning,
book madness, bookiness, bookishness, booklore,
classical scholarship, classicism, culture, donnishness,
eruditeness, erudition, humanism, humanistic scholarship,
intellectualism, intellectuality, learnedness, letters, pedantism,
pedantry, reading, scholarship