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.

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

Synonyms for insecure

3. risky.

Synonym study

3. See uncertain. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for insecurely

Contemporary Examples of insecurely

  • Those who feel mom was only sometimes or never available are insecurely attached.

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    How Moms Make a Difference

    Sharon Begley

    May 7, 2011

Historical Examples of insecurely

  • 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



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



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

Medicine definitions for insecurely




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