[ in-si-kyoor-i-tee ]
/ ˌɪn sɪˈkyʊər ɪ ti /

noun, plural in·se·cu·ri·ties.

lack of confidence or assurance; self-doubt: He is plagued by insecurity.
the quality or state of being insecure; instability: the insecurity of her financial position.
something insecure: the many insecurities of life.

Nearby words

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  2. insectivorous,
  3. insectivorous bat,
  4. insectology,
  5. insecure,
  6. inselberg,
  7. inseminate,
  8. insemination,
  9. insemination ,
  10. inseminator

Origin of insecurity

From the Medieval Latin word insēcūritās, dating back to 1640–50. See insecure, -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for insecurity



1640s, from Medieval Latin insecuritas, from insecurus (see insecure). Specific psychological sense is by 1917.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper