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
4a : not highly stable or well-adjusted an insecure marriageb : deficient in assurance : beset by fear and anxiety always felt insecure in a group of strangers
insecurityplay \ˌin-si-ˈkyu̇r-ə-tē\ noun
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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Nearly 50% of students in survey reported being food insecure.
Waxman said the need to control a spouse can come from an insecure attachment, stemming from abandonment or unmet needs in childhood.
The grid is notoriously insecure, very, very vulnerable to attack.
Well, no one wants to seem dishonest or insecure, but drawing on McGregor's point, photo filtering has become something of a social media norm.
Nixon’s reputation as an insecure upstart from a poor background in Southern Californian is well documented.
But Macron immediately yanks back and employs his left hand to try to hold down The Donald’s rising right arm as the insecure alpha tries to assert his dominance as cameras clicked.
Lewallen wrote a paper about the effects of Instagram on social comparison, and discovered a distinct relationship between perusing photos online, getting insecure about one’s looks, and then fantasizing about changing one’s appearance.
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Origin and Etymology of insecure
Medieval Latin insecurus, from Latin in- + securus secure
First Known Use: 1649See Words from the same year
INSECURE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of insecure for Students
1 : not safe or secure insecure property
2 : not confident He's insecure about his talents.
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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