insecurity


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Related to insecurity: Low self esteem

in·se·cure

 (ĭn′sĭ-kyo͝or′)
adj.
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.
4.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.insecurity - the state of being subject to danger or injury
danger - the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury; "you are in no danger"; "there was widespread danger of disease"
insecureness - the state of being exposed to risk or anxiety
security - the state of being free from danger or injury; "we support the armed services in the name of national security"
2.insecurity - the anxiety you experience when you feel vulnerable and insecure
anxiety - a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune

insecurity

noun
1. anxiety, fear, worry, uncertainty, unsureness She is always assailed by emotional insecurity.
anxiety confidence, assurance, security, certainty
2. vulnerability, risk, danger, weakness, uncertainty, hazard, peril, defencelessness The increase in crime has created feelings of insecurity.
vulnerability safety

insecurity

noun
The quality or condition of being erratic and undependable:
Translations
عَدَم أمان
nejistota
usikkerhedutryghed
biztonsági érzet hiánya
óöryggi; óáreiîanleiki
insegurançapericulosidade
negotovost
güvensizlik

insecurity

[ˌɪnsɪˈkjʊərɪtɪ] Ninseguridad f

insecurity

[ˌɪnsɪˈkjʊərɪti] n
(= self-doubt) → incertitude f
[job, profession] → précarité f

insecurity

nUnsicherheit f

insecurity

[ˌɪnsɪˈkjʊərɪtɪ] n (of person) → insicurezza; (of lock, employment, finances) → scarsa sicurezza

insecure

(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

in·se·cur·i·ty

n. inseguridad.

insecurity

n inseguridad f
References in classic literature ?
Ye, however, when I see what eyes ye make, it almost seemeth to me that ye seek MORE INSECURITY,
I must confess the stress and danger of the time have left an abiding sense of doubt and insecurity in my mind.
There is a certain embarrassment about applying to the average American hotel clerk, a certain hesitancy, a sense of insecurity against rebuff; but you feel no embarrassment in your intercourse with the portier; he receives your propositions with an enthusiasm which cheers, and plunges into their accomplishment with an alacrity which almost inebriates.
It can be little doubted that if the State of Rhode Island was separated from the Confederacy and left to itself, the insecurity of rights under the popular form of government within such narrow limits would be displayed by such reiterated oppressions of factious majorities that some power altogether independent of the people would soon be called for by the voice of the very factions whose misrule had proved the necessity of it.
If it is permissible to criticise the absent, I should say he had a little too much of the sense of insecurity which is so invaluable in a seaman.
True he had flung Hook's arm to the crocodile, but even this and the increased insecurity of life to which it led, owing to the crocodile's pertinacity [persistance], hardly account for a vindictiveness so relentless and malignant.
That most useful kind which relates to borrowing and lending is reduced within the narrowest limits, and this still more from an opinion of insecurity than from the scarcity of money.
It was this restlessness, this insecurity, perhaps, that drove me further and further afield in my exploring expeditions.
But when one of the vagrant impulses of fear, common in that age of perpetual insecurity, moved within me, I was struck with my own loneliness.
There were as yet no tidings of Gurth and his charge, which should long since have been driven home from the forest and such was the insecurity of the period, as to render it probable that the delay might be explained by some depreciation of the outlaws, with whom the adjacent forest abounded, or by the violence of some neighbouring baron, whose consciousness of strength made him equally negligent of the laws of property.
With an insensibility to danger which I cannot call to mind without shuddering, we threw ourselves down the depths of the ravine, startling its savage solitudes with the echoes produced by the falling fragments of rock we every moment dislodged from their places, careless of the insecurity of our footing, and reckless whether the slight roots and twigs we clutched at sustained us for the while, or treacherously yielded to our grasp.
This state of mind, however, very soon subsided; and I was again seized with a feeling of great insecurity and loneliness.