insecure

[ in-si-kyoor ]
/ ˌɪn sɪˈkyʊər /

adjective

subject to fears, doubts, etc.; not self-confident or assured: an insecure person.
not confident or certain; uneasy; anxious: He was insecure about the examination.
not secure; exposed or liable to risk, loss, or danger: an insecure stock portfolio.
not firmly or reliably placed or fastened: an insecure ladder.

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Origin of insecure

From the Medieval Latin word insēcūrus, dating back to 1640–50. See in-3, secure

synonym study for insecure

3. See uncertain.

OTHER WORDS FROM insecure

in·se·cure·ly, adverbin·se·cure·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for insecure

insecure
/ (ˌɪnsɪˈkjʊə) /

adjective

anxious or afraid; not confident or certain
not adequately protectedan insecure fortress
unstable or shaky

Derived forms of insecure

insecurely, adverbinsecureness, nouninsecurity, noun
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Medical definitions for insecure

insecure
[ ĭn′sĭ-kyur ]

adj.

Lacking emotional stability; not well-adjusted.
Lacking self-confidence; plagued by anxiety.

Other words from insecure

in′se•curi•ty (-kyurĭ-tē) n.
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