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1. Not sure or certain; doubtful: unemployed and facing an insecure future.
2. Inadequately guarded or protected; unsafe: A shortage of military police made the air base insecure.
3. Not firm or fixed; unsteady: an insecure foothold.
a. Lacking stability; troubled: an insecure relationship.
b. Lacking self-confidence; plagued by anxiety: had always felt insecure at parties.

in′se·cure′ly adv.
in′se·cure′ness n.
in′se·cu′ri·ty (-kyo͝or′ĭ-tē) n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.insecurely - in a tentative and self-conscious manner; "she always acts very insecurely in the presence of her father"
securely - in a confident and unselfconscious manner; "he acts very securely in front of the camera"
2.insecurely - in a manner involving risk; "our positions here at the university are rather insecurely supported by grant money"
securely - in a manner free from fear or risk; "the outcome of expansion in the sixties and seventies will be an academic hierarchy securely supported by scholastic selection"
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بدون ثِقَه، بدون إطْمِئْنان
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[ˌɪnsɪˈkjʊəlɪ] ADVde manera poco segura
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adv fastenednicht sicher
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(insiˈkjuə) adjective
1. unsure of oneself or lacking confidence. Whenever he was in a crowd of people he felt anxious and insecure.
2. not safe or firmly fixed. This chair-leg is insecure; an insecure lock.
ˌinseˈcurely adverb
ˌinseˈcurity noun
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References in classic literature ?
They climbed out of the smelting town, where eyrie houses perched insecurely on a precipitous landscape.
While the rusty old knight was forced to climb a high tree, where he sat insecurely perched among the branches, feebly cursing the party as it departed.
But Numa of the pit, having scented the spoor of his benefactor, was minded again to pass into the walled city, and with that idea in his cunning brain he crept stealthily along the outer side of the palisade, testing each gateway with a padded foot until at last he discovered one which seemed insecurely fastened.
Ralph wondered whether she more resembled an elephant, with a jeweled head-dress, or a superb cockatoo, balanced insecurely upon its perch, and pecking capriciously at a lump of sugar.
All worked well, but there came a time when he fastened the pine-knot insecurely. As his eyes closed it fell away from his hand.
This type of relationship, "common to celebrities and their fans, might be appealing to the insecurely attached individual because it makes few demands" (McCutcheon, Scott, Aruguete, & Parker, 2006, p.
Financial firms have long warned that not all apps are trustworthy: They may collect more data than they need, store it insecurely or sell it to third parties.
They also discovered ammunition that was not covered by a certificate, and was insecurely kept in a bedroom wardrobe, his garage and in a box on top of a freezer in an outhouse.
Results showed that 69.9% of the participants reported they were securely attached, whereas 27.6% described themselves as insecurely attached; the remaining five participants did not respond.
The Passage is the UK's largest resource center for homeless and insecurely housed people.