[uhn-si-kyoo rd]


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

Contemporary Examples of unsecured

  • The report that a bank had given an unsecured loan to a superPAC turned out to be based on flawed FEC reporting.

  • So we're mostly talking about unsecured debts, mostly medical, auto balance, and credit card, which have gone to collections.

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    Ask the Blogger

    Megan McArdle

    December 3, 2012

  • So it was the shareholders and $70 or $80 billion of unsecured creditors that lost their shirt.

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    The End Is Near!

    Jeffrey Leeds

    March 5, 2009

Historical Examples of unsecured

  • No compromise for him, no evasions, no fallacious, unsecured promises to pay.

    Dream Days

    Kenneth Grahame

  • The one unsecured door, was the door which led into the sitting-room from the staircase.

    Heart and Science

    Wilkie Collins

  • It was his promise to pay, unsecured by any collateral, and yet it was perfectly good.

    Shadow Mountain

    Dane Coolidge

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for unsecured



  1. (of a loan, etc) secured only against general assets and not against a specific asset
  2. (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

1780, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of secure (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper