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noun, plural in·se·cu·ri·ties.
  1. lack of confidence or assurance; self-doubt: He is plagued by insecurity.
  2. the quality or state of being insecure; instability: the insecurity of her financial position.
  3. something insecure: the many insecurities of life.
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Origin of insecurity

From the Medieval Latin word insēcūritās, dating back to 1640–50. See insecure, -ity

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Related Words for insecurity

uncertainty, self-doubt, instability, vulnerability, doubt, hesitancy, indecision, vacillation, precariousness, hazard

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Contemporary Examples of insecurity

Historical Examples of insecurity

  • All the same, the episode left her with a feeling of insecurity.

  • She hastened to point out the other side of the matter, the insecurity of it, the disgrace.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Now I understand that strange sense of insecurity in my past.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

  • This ignorance of the foe's whereabouts carried with it a sense of insecurity.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • This ignorance of his adversary's whereabouts carried with it a sense of insecurity.

    The Point Of Honor

    Joseph Conrad

Word Origin and History for insecurity


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

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