insecure

adjective in·se·cure \ ˌin-si-ˈkyu̇r \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of insecure

1 :not confident or sure :uncertain
  • feeling somewhat insecure of his reception
2 :not adequately guarded or sustained :unsafe
  • an insecure investment
3 :not firmly fastened or fixed :shaky
  • the hinge is loose and insecure
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

insecurely

adverb

insecureness

noun

insecurity

play \ˌin-si-ˈkyu̇r-ə-tē\ noun

Examples of insecure in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of insecure

Medieval Latin insecurus, from Latin in- + securus secure


INSECURE Defined for English Language Learners

insecure

adjective

Definition of insecure for English Language Learners

  • : 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


INSECURE Defined for Kids

insecure

adjective in·se·cure \ ˌin-si-ˈkyu̇r \

Definition of insecure for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

insecure

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

medical Definition of insecure

:characterized by or causing emotional insecurity
  • an insecure childhood

Law Dictionary

insecure

adjective in·se·cure

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

insecurity

noun


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