in·​se·​cure | \ ˌin-si-ˈkyu̇r How to pronounce insecure (audio) \

Definition of insecure

1a : deficient in assurance : beset by fear and anxiety always felt insecure in a group of strangers
b : not highly stable or well-adjusted an insecure marriage
2 : not confident or sure : uncertain feeling somewhat insecure of his reception
3 : not adequately guarded or sustained : unsafe an insecure investment
4 : not firmly fastened or fixed : shaky the hinge is loose and insecure

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Other Words from insecure

insecurely adverb
insecureness noun
insecurity \ ˌin-​si-​ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​tē How to pronounce insecurity (audio) \ noun

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Examples of insecure in a Sentence

I feel shy and insecure around strangers. One of the building's rear doors was insecure. The country's borders remain insecure.
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Recent Examples on the Web Working with partner organizations, Fresh Access serves food-insecure individuals and families who have trouble affording or accessing healthy food and individuals and families who are struggling with a health crisis., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 9 Dec. 2019 Food-insecure people tend to have more health problems, which costs us all., "This is a tale of two welfare programs.," 7 Dec. 2019 McDermott, who noted that food-insecure people often face health issues, said high-protein foods like peanut butter and tuna fish — or low-sodium foods like fruit canned in its own juice — are always a good option. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Little Free Pantries are like Little Free Libraries — but with food," 17 June 2019 According to a survey concluded in 2018, nearly seventy-four per cent of the Japanese population reported feeling insecure and anxious about nuclear energy. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "Is Nuclear Power Worth the Risk?," 22 Dec. 2019 In his clues package, Rottweiler rambles on about being insecure and needing to meditate every day. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'The Masked Singer' Recap: Tree Gets Chopped," 11 Dec. 2019 Happiness 101 Psychologists are beginning to focus their attention not just on the ingredients of individual happiness, but also on the capacities people need to be happy within inevitably insecure and fragile circumstances. Sam Wren-lewis, Quartz, "The secret of creating happy societies," 7 Dec. 2019 Baldwin and Dan Zakai, co-owners of the market, are also seeking donations of $3 to $7 to offer produce at a free farmers market operated by Love the HopeFul, an organization that provides resources for housing insecure and homeless individuals. Taylor Deville,, "Catonsville’s 818 Market seeks public donations for nonprofits before expected mid-summer opening," 26 Nov. 2019 Money from the operations is funneled to Patachou Foundation, an organization Patachou Inc. founder Martha Hoover established in 2013 to manage the company’s anti-hunger efforts aimed at food-insecure children. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Patachou’s new coffee shop is a hunger-fighting nonprofit," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of insecure

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for insecure

Medieval Latin insecurus, from Latin in- + securus secure

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The first known use of insecure was in 1649

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27 Jan 2020

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“Insecure.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


in·​se·​cure | \ ˌin-si-ˈkyu̇r How to pronounce insecure (audio) \

Kids Definition of insecure

1 : not safe or secure insecure property
2 : not confident He's insecure about his talents.


in·​se·​cure | \ ˌin(t)-si-ˈkyu̇(ə)r How to pronounce insecure (audio) \

Medical Definition of insecure

: characterized by or causing emotional insecurity an insecure childhood

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Legal Definition of insecure

: having a good faith belief that the prospect of receiving payment or performance from a party with whom one has contracted is impaired

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insecurity noun

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to assert without proof or before proving

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