insecureness

insecure

[in-si-kyoor]
adjective
1.
subject to fears, doubts, etc.; not self-confident or assured: an insecure person.
2.
not confident or certain; uneasy; anxious: He was insecure about the examination.
3.
not secure; exposed or liable to risk, loss, or danger: an insecure stock portfolio.
4.
not firmly or reliably placed or fastened: an insecure ladder.

Origin:
1640–50; < Medieval Latin insēcūrus. See in-3, secure

insecurely, adverb
insecureness, noun


3. risky. See uncertain.
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insecure (ˌɪnsɪˈkjʊə)
 
adj
1.  anxious or afraid; not confident or certain
2.  not adequately protected: an insecure fortress
3.  unstable or shaky
 
inse'curely
 
adv
 
inse'cureness
 
n
 
inse'curity
 
n

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insecure
1649, "unsafe," from M.L. insecurus, from in- "not" + L. securus (see secure). Psychological sense dates from 1935; insecurity in this sense dates from 1917.
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insecure in·se·cure (ĭn'sĭ-kyur')
adj.

  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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