Definition of insecurity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɪnsɪˈkjɔːrɪti/ /ˌɪnsɪˈkjʊərɪti/

noun (plural insecurities)

[mass noun]
1Uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence: she had a deep sense of insecurity [count noun]: he’s plagued with insecurities
More example sentences
  • You can eliminate your insecurities by practicing racing in your workouts.
  • Discussing her insecurity about her looks would also be a sore point.
  • There are, nevertheless, fears that arise from the insecurities evident in all groups.
lack of confidence, lack of self-confidence, self-doubt, diffidence, unassertiveness, humility, humbleness, meekness, timidity, timidness, timorousness, uncertainty, nervousness, hesitancy, inhibition, self-consciousness;
anxiety, apprehension, worry, unease, uneasiness
vulnerability, defencelessness, unguardedness, lack of protection, perilousness, peril, danger, riskiness;
informal chanciness, iffiness
British informal dodginess
2The state of being open to danger or threat; lack of protection: growing job insecurity the insecurity of wireless networks
More example sentences
  • Insecurity of land tenure militates against long-term conservation of the land resources.
  • Each year our members do more for less and yet face greater insecurity for the future.
  • Loose, free-floating minds are dangerous - minds free from debt and economic insecurity start to wander and ask questions.
unstable, unsecured, loose, rickety, rocky, wobbly, shaky, unsteady, precarious;
informal jerry-built, teetery
British informal wonky, dicky, dodgy

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