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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. 2016.
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  • It was his promise to pay, unsecured by any collateral, and yet it was perfectly good.

    Shadow Mountain Dane Coolidge
  • No compromise for him, no evasions, no fallacious, unsecured promises to pay.

    Dream Days Kenneth Grahame
  • If a portion of a creditor's debt is secured and a portion is unsecured, he may vote on the unsecured portion.

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

    Heart and Science Wilkie Collins
  • The usual method of granting credit to them is to advance loans on one and two name paper, unsecured.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • This rate, the company stated, was on short-time, unsecured paper.

    A Stake in the Land Peter Alexander Speek
  • The liabilities are grouped according to the security; unsecured, secured and capital.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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