Definitions for "numeracy"
skill with numbers and mathematics; -- the skill with numbers analogous to literacy, the skill of reading.
Numeracy is the knowledge of basic number skills and the ability to apply those skills in contexts that require high levels of literacy to interpret situations and make judgments (20). Knowing that 4 out of 5 dentists recommend Trident, a person exhibiting numeracy would realize that the practical meaning of this statistic depends on the sample size and other research factors.
The knowledge and skills required to apply basic arithmetic operations, either alone or sequentially, to numbers embedded in printed materials.
The ability to understand and employ numerical information in daily activities at home, at work and in the community to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential.