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insecure

[in-si-kyoo r]
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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 of insecure

From the Medieval Latin word insēcūrus, dating back to 1640–50. See in-3, secure
Related formsin·se·cure·ly, adverbin·se·cure·ness, noun

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3. risky.

Synonym study

3. See uncertain.
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Examples from the Web for insecurely

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  • He was carrying, insecurely, a jug of poppy-head and camomile, which had been prescribed as a lotion.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Either the gate had been insecurely fastened or else the latch had been broken.

    Ticktock and Jim

    Keith Robertson

  • The cover at one end was insecurely fastened and was blown off.

  • The door, insecurely shut, could not withstand the eighty-pound impact.

    Lad: A Dog

    Albert Payson Terhune

  • When the insecurely fastened log had crept out five inches, it took just one more vigorous cast to finish the business.

    The Cinder Pond

    Carroll Watson Rankin


British Dictionary definitions for insecurely

insecure

adjective
  1. anxious or afraid; not confident or certain
  2. not adequately protectedan insecure fortress
  3. unstable or shaky
Derived Formsinsecurely, adverbinsecureness, nouninsecurity, noun
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Word Origin and History for insecurely

insecure

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

insecurely in Medicine

insecure

(ĭn′sĭ-kyur)
adj.
  1. Lacking emotional stability; not well-adjusted.
  2. Lacking self-confidence; plagued by anxiety.
Related formsin′se•curi•ty (-kyurĭ-tē) n.
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