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INSECURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does insecure mean? 

INSECURE (adjective)
  The adjective INSECURE has 4 senses:

1. not firm or firmly fixed; likely to fail or give way
2. lacking in security or safety
3. lacking self-confidence or assurance
4. not safe from attack

  Familiarity information: INSECURE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INSECURE (adjective)


Sense 1insecure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not firm or firmly fixed; likely to fail or give way

Context example:

the hinge is insecure

Similar:

loose (not fixed firmly or tightly)

precarious (dangerously insecure)

Also:

unfixed (not firmly placed or set or fastened)

Antonym:

secure (not likely to fail or give way)


Sense 2insecure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking in security or safety

Synonyms:

unsafe; insecure

Context examples:

his fortune was increasingly insecure / an insecure future

Similar:

unguaranteed; unsecured (without financial security)

precarious; shaky (not secure; beset with difficulties)

embattled (beset with attackers or controversy or conflict)

Also:

dangerous; unsafe (involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm)

unprotected (lacking protection or defense)

vulnerable (susceptible to attack)

Antonym:

secure (free from danger or risk)


Sense 3insecure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking self-confidence or assurance

Context example:

an insecure person lacking mental stability

Similar:

overanxious (anxious or nervous to an excessive degree)

unassured (lacking boldness or confidence)

Antonym:

secure (free from fear or doubt; easy in mind)


Sense 4insecure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not safe from attack

Synonyms:

unsafe; insecure

Similar:

vulnerable (susceptible to attack)


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