Definition of insecure in English:

insecure

Line breaks: in|se¦cure
Pronunciation: /ˌɪnsɪˈkjʊə
 
, ˌɪnsɪˈkjɔː/

adjective

  • 2(Of a thing) not firm or fixed; liable to give way or break: an insecure footbridge
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    • By a cruel twist the town's All Saints' Church was locked for much of last week because one of its inner doors was insecure.
    • The buses banned immediately were found to have defective brakes, tyres, air leaks, insecure doors and seats.
  • 2.1Not sufficiently protected; easily broken into: an insecure computer system
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    • Just look at Microsoft's buggy, insecure personal computer operating systems over the years.
    • His answers were not satisfactory, and it appeared that he may well have been referring, not to the hazard lights, but to an internal warning light telling him that there was an open or insecure door.
    • It must be brought in before the Olympics to protect those in this insecure accommodation.
    Synonyms
  • 3(Of a job or situation) liable to change for the worse; not permanent or settled: badly paid and insecure jobs a financially insecure period
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    • The military takes care of all the tasks that it can take care of so long as the situation is insecure.
    • She didn't mean religious beliefs, only faith in some higher values, in some higher reality that made them feel secure in a very insecure situation.
    • I think the editorial went on to point out that, in addition to that, the political situation is very insecure.

Derivatives

insecurely

adverb
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  • Sybil was sitting insecurely on a huge, inflated beach ball, facing the ocean.
  • Replies were written by civil servants before the letters were insecurely dumped.
  • Falling outside both British standards of social status and Australian standards of egalitarianism, the gentry was an insecurely self-defined status group with a paradoxically profound sense of its own social importance.

Origin

mid 17th century: from medieval Latin insecurus 'unsafe', from in- 'not' + Latin securus 'free from care', or from in-1 'not' + secure.

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