un·​se·​cured ˌən-si-ˈkyu̇rd How to pronounce unsecured (audio)
: not protected or free from danger or risk of loss : not secured
unsecured cargo
unsecured funds
an unsecured loan

Examples of unsecured in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bankruptcy resulted in Genesis owing over $3 billion to unsecured creditors, including Gemini Earn customers who had around $1.1 billion in total funds on the platform. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 14 Sep. 2023 Kaiser Permanente agreed to $49 million in settlement after an investigation by the California attorney general and six different district attorney offices found that the healthcare giant illegally disposed of hazardous medical waste and protected patient information in unsecured dumpsters. Gabriel San Román, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2023 The bear takes a final look around before finally moseying through the gate and out into the street (straight toward two unsecured trash cans). Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 7 Sep. 2023 After Meyer was stopped by police, he was issued a warning for vision obstruction and unsecured load. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 The money owed comprises $363 million in unsecured claims, $17 million in priority claims, $137 million in secured claims and $250,000 in administrative claims. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2023 Leaving an unsecured weapon where a child can find it is considered a misdemeanor of the second degree. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 15 Aug. 2023 Palmer Central Landfill users typically pay $2 per 32-gallon trash can, or $10 for up to 200 pounds not in cans, with an additional fee of $15 for unsecured loads, according to the borough website. Amy Bushatz, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Sep. 2023 The company said this method eliminates the need to send unsecured gift cards, checks, or cash because, as Newsweek reported in 2022, those tend to get stolen. Emilia David, The Verge, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsecured was in 1780

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Cite this Entry

“Unsecured.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsecured. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Legal Definition


: not secured: as
: not guaranteed or protected as to payment, performance, or satisfaction by a security interest or by property given or pledged as security
unsecured debt
an unsecured claim
: characterized by a lack of security or of a security interest
unsecured status
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