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 And as state officials have pinned problems that have arisen with the vote-counting process on human error, Trump's own election security agency said there was no evidence to suggest the 2020 contest was insecure. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Voting machine audit found no 'foul play,' Georgia secretary of state says," 17 Nov. 2020 The next decades are likely to see more nuclear proliferation as insecure powers, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, grasp at the prospect of nuclear deterrents. Margaret Macmillan, WSJ, "The World That War Has Made," 2 Oct. 2020 But even in the face of a devastated economy and an insecure future, there is a persistence, a sustained, indefatigable pluckiness. Corina Knoll, New York Times, "How New Yorkers Found Resolve After 6 Months of Pandemic Hardship," 23 Sep. 2020 If workers are insecure, the message suggested, the solution doesn’t have to be fairer wages, better job protections, or a transfer of wealth from the rich to the poor. Vauhini Vara, The Atlantic, "The WeWork Guy’s Guide to Striking It Rich," 14 Oct. 2020 Guidance from her professor helped move her from feeling insecure about her lack of experience to confident in seeing herself as an equal student of the class. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "'Anything boys can do, girls can do better': Amy Coney Barrett reflects on motto she lived by," 12 Oct. 2020 While the diagnosis brought with it many challenges, Matt often lends his celebrity status to help others suffering from and feeling insecure about the disease. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Strange Reason Matt Lucas Was Hired as the New Cohost on 'The Great British Baking Show'," 2 Oct. 2020 The Covid-19 crisis has left millions of people feeling insecure over their personal finances, bringing to the fore questions around where to live, how to work, what to study and how to prepare for the future. Pratish Narayanan,, "Welcome to Bloomberg Wealth: A Letter From the Editor," 1 Oct. 2020 Everyone except the people who are insecure about losing their individual rights, the selfish and stupid. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Let the Utes play. Let the Pac-12 play. Discretion has bettered valor.," 16 Sep. 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

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“Insecure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 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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