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[in-si-kyoo r] /ˌɪn sɪˈkyʊər/
subject to fears, doubts, etc.; not self-confident or assured:
an insecure person.
not confident or certain; uneasy; anxious:
He was insecure about the examination.
not secure; exposed or liable to risk, loss, or danger:
an insecure stock portfolio.
not firmly or reliably placed or fastened:
an insecure ladder.
Origin of insecure
1640-50; < Medieval Latin insēcūrus. See in-3, secure
Related forms
insecurely, adverb
insecureness, noun
3. risky. See uncertain. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for insecure


anxious or afraid; not confident or certain
not adequately protected: an insecure fortress
unstable or shaky
Derived Forms
insecurely, adverb
insecureness, noun
insecurity, noun
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Word Origin and History for insecure

1640s, "unsafe," from Medieval Latin insecurus, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + Latin securus (see secure). Psychological sense dates from 1935; insecurity in this sense dates from 1917. Related: Insecurely.

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insecure in Medicine

insecure in·se·cure (ĭn'sĭ-kyur')

  1. Lacking emotional stability; not well-adjusted.

  2. Lacking self-confidence; plagued by anxiety.

in'se·cu'ri·ty (-kyur'ĭ-tē) n.
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