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[uhn-si-kyoo rd] /ˌʌn sɪˈkyʊərd/
not secured, especially not insured against loss, as by a bond or pledge:
an unsecured loan.
not made secure, as a door or lock of hair; unfastened.
not protected against tapping or interception, as a telephone line or radio communication.
Origin of unsecured
1770-80; un-1 + secured Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for unsecured
  • The number of unsecured sources was far higher than the two the government reported earlier this week.
  • Don't use a fanny pack or leave a bag unsecured on the seat next to you in an outdoor café.
  • Let us not forget how inconceivably absent-minded using an unsecured account for government communications is in the first place.
  • The best way to get rid of charge card financial debt is to do it yourself, perhaps using a unsecured loan.
  • Bankruptcy would have made the contracts null and void, at best in line with all the unsecured creditors.
  • In the future, the claims of workers will take precedence only over unsecured creditors.
  • And, yes, it can make calls-to secure and unsecured phones.
  • He has highlighted the fact that a pension-fund deficit is in effect an unsecured loan to the company.
  • Meanwhile, it can boost its returns by short selling its unsecured debt and its equity.
  • However, for consumer lenders-the main channel for unsecured household borrowing-the outlook is less good.
British Dictionary definitions for unsecured


  1. (of a loan, etc) secured only against general assets and not against a specific asset
  2. (of a creditor) having no security against a specific asset and with a claim inferior to those of secure creditors
not made secure; loose
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Word Origin and History for unsecured

1780, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of secure (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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