insecurity

noun
in·​se·​cu·​ri·​ty | \ ˌin-si-ˈkyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce insecurity (audio) \
plural insecurities

Definition of insecurity

: the quality or state of being insecure: such as
a : a state or feeling of anxiety, fear, or self-doubt troubled by (feelings of) insecurity Deep down he knows his swagger is just insecurity masquerading as confidence.Entertainment Weekly … the questions we don't dare ask reflect our deepest insecurities about relationships.— J. D. Heiman They rarely have a confidante with whom they can compare notes, share crushes, and discuss insecurities.— Kristen Golden
b : lack of dependability or certainty job insecurity financial insecurity the insecurity of their future often, specifically : lack of a reliable means of meeting one's basic needs families who are experiencing housing insecurity — see also food insecurity
c : lack of safety or protection the insecurity of the investment revealed the insecurities [=vulnerabilities] in their system

First Known Use of insecurity

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of insecurity was in 1646

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Last Updated

4 Oct 2021

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“Insecurity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insecurity. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for insecurity

insecurity

noun
in·​se·​cu·​ri·​ty | \ ˌin-si-ˈkyu̇r-ə-tē \

Kids Definition of insecurity

: the quality or state of being not safe or not confident

insecurity

noun
in·​se·​cu·​ri·​ty | \ -ˈkyu̇r-ət-ē How to pronounce insecurity (audio) \
plural insecurities

Medical Definition of insecurity

: a feeling of apprehensiveness and uncertainty : lack of assurance or stability

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