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insecurity

[in-si-kyoo r-i-tee] /ˌɪn sɪˈkyʊər ɪ ti/
noun, plural insecurities.
1.
lack of confidence or assurance; self-doubt:
He is plagued by insecurity.
2.
the quality or state of being insecure; instability:
the insecurity of her financial position.
3.
something insecure:
the many insecurities of life.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Medieval Latin insēcūritās. See insecure, -ity
Synonyms
2. precariousness, shakiness, vulnerability.
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  • And this is to say nothing of the relatively low pay and increasing insecurity of the profession itself.
  • Maybe that's a natural response to the insecurity, frustration, and disappointment that the job market produces.
  • It is the bullying that brings about this insecurity, not the insecurity that brings about the bullying.
  • It must be said that his nasty tone betrays insecurity and suggests maybe he's not really all that sure of himself.
  • Patriarchy lives because these scientist have a need to control out of fear and insecurity.
  • For the first time in living memory, the people of this fertile, rainy country are facing widespread food insecurity.
  • Amid rising insecurity and uncertainty there is fear and a sense of foreboding.
  • insecurity and the fears that accompany it have delayed rebel attempts to reclaim the streets.
  • Price hikes and food insecurity are today contributing to political instability.
  • In the rest of the world's eyes, of course, there could be no more dramatic demonstration of weakness and insecurity.
Word Origin and History for insecurity
n.

1640s, from Medieval Latin insecuritas, from insecurus (see insecure). Specific psychological sense is by 1917.

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