1) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ If you are insecure, you lack confidence because you think that you are not good enough or are not loved.

In effect she is punishing her parents for making her feel threatened and insecure...

Most mothers are insecure about their performance as mothers.

Derived words:
insecurity [[t]ɪ̱nsɪkjʊ͟ərɪti[/t]] plural N-VAR

She is always assailed by self-doubt and emotional insecurity...

His behaviour is an attempt to cover up his insecurities.

2) ADJ-GRADED Something that is insecure is not safe or protected.

...low-paid, insecure jobs...

Cellular phones are inherently insecure, as anyone can listen to and record conversations.

Derived words:
insecurity N-UNCOUNT

...the increase in crime, which has created feelings of insecurity in the population.

...the harshness and insecurity of agricultural life.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • insecure — adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin insecurus, from Latin in + securus secure Date: 1649 1. not confident or sure ; uncertain < feeling somewhat insecure of his reception > 2. not adequately guarded or sustained ; unsafe < an insecure investment… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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