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insecure

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adjective in·se·cure \ˌin-si-ˈkyu̇r\

Simple Definition of insecure

  • : not confident about yourself or your ability to do things well : nervous and uncomfortable

  • : not certain to continue or be successful for a long time

  • : not locked or well protected

Full Definition of insecure

  1. 1 :  not confident or sure :  uncertain <feeling somewhat insecure of his reception>

  2. 2 :  not adequately guarded or sustained :  unsafe <an insecure investment>

  3. 3 :  not firmly fastened or fixed :  shaky <the hinge is loose and insecure>

  4. 4 a :  not highly stable or well-adjusted <an insecure marriage> b :  deficient in assurance :  beset by fear and anxiety <always felt insecure in a group of strangers>

in·se·cure·ly adverb
in·se·cure·ness noun
in·se·cu·ri·ty play \-ˈkyu̇r-ə-tē\ noun

Examples of insecure

  1. I feel shy and insecure around strangers.

  2. One of the building's rear doors was insecure.

  3. The country's borders remain insecure.



Origin of insecure

Medieval Latin insecurus, from Latin in- + securus secure


First Known Use: 1649


INSECURE Defined for Kids

insecure

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adjective in·se·cure \ˌin-si-ˈkyu̇r\

Definition of insecure

  1. 1 :  not safe or secure <insecure property>

  2. 2 :  not confident <He's insecure about his talents.>




Medical Dictionary

insecure

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adjective in·se·cure \ˌin(t)-si-ˈkyu̇(ə)r\

Medical Definition of insecure

  1. :  characterized by or causing emotional insecurity <an insecure childhood>





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