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Meaning of “insecure” in the English Dictionary

"insecure" in British English

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insecureadjective

uk   /ˌɪn.sɪˈkjʊər/  us   /-ˈkjʊr/
  • insecure adjective (NOT CONFIDENT)

C1 Insecure ​people have little ​confidence and are ​uncertain about ​their own ​abilities or if other ​people really like them: I ​wonder what it was about her ​upbringing that made her so insecure. He still feels insecure about his ​ability to do the ​job.
  • insecure adjective (NOT SAFE)

C2 (of ​objects or ​situations) not ​safe or not ​protected: The ​situation is still insecure, with many of the ​rebelsroaming the ​streets. Nations which are not ​self-sufficient in ​energy will ​face an insecure ​future. We've gone through a few ​financially insecure ​years.
insecurely
adverb uk   us   /-li/
The ​shelves were insecurely ​fastened and ​fell to the ​floor.
insecurity
noun [C or U] uk   /-ˈkjʊə.rɪ.ti/  us   /-ˈkjʊr.ə.t̬i/
C2 a sense/​feeling of insecurity She had ​developed an ​outgoingpersonality to ​mask her deep insecurities. financial insecurity
(Definition of insecure from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"insecure" in American English

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insecureadjective

 us   /ˌɪn·sɪˈkjʊər/
  • insecure adjective (NOT CONFIDENT)

(of ​people) ​lackingconfidence and doubting ​their own ​abilities: Eleanor was ​shy and insecure as a ​child.
  • insecure adjective (NOT SAFE)

(of ​objects or ​situations) not ​fixed or ​safe: The ​stairsseemedkind of ​rickety and insecure.
(Definition of insecure from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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