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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insecuritynoun

    the state of being subject to danger or injury

  2. insecuritynoun

    the anxiety you experience when you feel vulnerable and insecure


  1. insecuritynoun

    A lack of security, uncertainty

  2. insecuritynoun

    The state of being subject to danger; vulnerability

  3. Etymology: insecure (from Medieval Latin insecurus, itself from in- "not" + securus 'safe, certain') + -ity

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Insecuritynoun

    Etymology: in and security.

    It may be easily perceived with what insecurity of truth we ascribe effects, depending upon the natural period of time, unto arbitrary calculations, and such as vary at pleasure. Brown.

    The unreasonableness and presumption, the danger and desperate insecurity of those that have not so much as a thought, all their lives long, to advance so far as attrition and contrition, sorrow, and resolution of amendment. Henry Hammond.


  1. insecurity

    Insecurity refers to a feeling of uncertainty, doubt, or lack of confidence in oneself. It typically manifests as anxiety about one's abilities, appearance, relationships, or life circumstances. It can also refer to the state of being open to danger or threats.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insecuritynoun

    the condition or quality of being insecure; want of safety; danger; hazard; as, the insecurity of a building liable to fire; insecurity of a debt

  2. Insecuritynoun

    the state of feeling insecure; uncertainty; want of confidence

  3. Etymology: [Pref. in- not + security : cf. LL. insecuritas, F. insecurite.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of insecurity in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insecurity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of insecurity in a Sentence

  1. Robert Anson Heinlein:

    A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

  2. Hunter McGrady:

    Any kind of insecurity I had just went out the door, every year I shed a little bit of that insecurity because let’s face it, we’re all human. I love myself, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have any insecurities. But this year I feel like I really let that out the door and went in feeling with this feeling of just being the best that I can be. And I just had fun with it. I’ve already seen some of the photos and they’re amazing. I just feel really, really great about this issue.

  3. Lopez Obrador:

    The failed strategy of combating insecurity and violence will change, more than through the use of force, we will tend to the causes that give rise to insecurity and violence.

  4. Chika Onuegbu:

    Perhaps ,the country should truly be at war, but that war SHOULD BE the war against corruption, poverty, injustice and unemployment. For it is only when we win the war against corruption, poverty, injustice and unemployment that we can effectively address the unacceptable level of insecurity in the country. Until we do this, no amount of defence/security spending will solve the insecurity problems in Nigeria as ‘poverty anywhere is a threat to prosperity everywhere’,

  5. Dag Hammarskj÷ld:

    It is when we all play safe that we create a world of the utmost insecurity.

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    incapable of being atoned for
    • A. bibulous
    • B. usurious
    • C. ostensive
    • D. inexpiable

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