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insecureadjective

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

(of people) lacking confidence 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 stairs seemed kind of rickety and insecure.
(Definition of insecure from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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insecureadjective

uk   /ˌɪn.sɪˈkjʊər/ us   /ˌɪn.səˈkjʊr/
  • 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.
insecurely
adverb uk   /ˌɪn.sɪˈkjʊə.li/ us   /ˌɪn.sɪˈkjʊr.li/
The shelves were insecurely fastened and fell to the floor.
insecurity
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌɪn.sɪˈkjʊə.rə.ti/ us   /ˌɪn.səˈkjʊr.ə.t̬i/
C2 a sense/feeling of insecurity She had developed an outgoing personality to mask her deep insecurities. financial insecurity
(Definition of insecure from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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