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unsecured

[uhn-si-kyoo rd]
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adjective
  1. not secured, especially not insured against loss, as by a bond or pledge: an unsecured loan.
  2. not made secure, as a door or lock of hair; unfastened.
  3. not protected against tapping or interception, as a telephone line or radio communication.
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Origin of unsecured

1770–80; un-1 + secured
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Examples from the Web for unsecured

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  • No compromise for him, no evasions, no fallacious, unsecured promises to pay.

    Dream Days

    Kenneth Grahame

  • The one unsecured door, was the door which led into the sitting-room from the staircase.

    Heart and Science

    Wilkie Collins

  • It was his promise to pay, unsecured by any collateral, and yet it was perfectly good.

    Shadow Mountain

    Dane Coolidge

  • This rate, the company stated, was on short-time, unsecured paper.

    A Stake in the Land

    Peter Alexander Speek

  • He, not the bank, let me have that twenty thousand on my unsecured note.

    The Iron Furrow

    George C. Shedd


British Dictionary definitions for unsecured

unsecured

adjective
  1. finance
    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
  2. not made secure; loose
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Word Origin and History for unsecured

adj.

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

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