- 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
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Examples from the Web for unsecured
The report that a bank had given an unsecured loan to a superPAC turned out to be based on flawed FEC reporting.Bank Didn't Give Unsecured Loan To Super PAC
May 13, 2014
So we're mostly talking about unsecured debts, mostly medical, auto balance, and credit card, which have gone to collections.Ask the Blogger
December 3, 2012
So it was the shareholders and $70 or $80 billion of unsecured creditors that lost their shirt.The End Is Near!
March 5, 2009
No compromise for him, no evasions, no fallacious, unsecured promises to pay.Dream Days
The one unsecured door, was the door which led into the sitting-room from the staircase.Heart and Science
It was his promise to pay, unsecured by any collateral, and yet it was perfectly good.Shadow Mountain
This rate, the company stated, was on short-time, unsecured paper.A Stake in the Land
Peter Alexander Speek
He, not the bank, let me have that twenty thousand on my unsecured note.The Iron Furrow
George C. Shedd
- (of a loan, etc) secured only against general assets and not against a specific asset
- (of a creditor) having no security against a specific asset and with a claim inferior to those of secure creditors
- not made secure; loose
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Word Origin and History for unsecured
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