Definition of insecurity in English:



  • 1Uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence.

    ‘she had a deep sense of insecurity’
    [count noun] ‘he's plagued with insecurities’
    • ‘When confronted by loud people, know that they are hiding their insecurities through intimidation.’
    • ‘You can eliminate your insecurities by practicing racing in your workouts.’
    • ‘Fear and insecurity can spoil anything.’
    • ‘I know my guy has insecurities, too, and maybe those are making him date people that aren't perfect.’
    • ‘Let go of fear and insecurity, the sources of abuse.’
    • ‘This insecurity could be prompting you to declare eternal love to whomever pays attention to you.’
    • ‘I found my relationships with long time friends strengthening after liberating myself from years of secrecy and insecurity.’
    • ‘But underlying this behavior, in both sexes, is a basic insecurity and real fear of commitment.’
    • ‘I want to protect them from the fears and insecurities I went through.’
    • ‘Both men and women have their various issues, insecurities and annoyances associated with dating.’
    • ‘Changing the organization often results in a milieu characterized by defensiveness and feelings of insecurity.’
    • ‘There are, nevertheless, fears that arise from the insecurities evident in all groups.’
    • ‘One is unable to share the feeling of insecurity with anyone.’
    • ‘Most people, even your managers, are people just like you, with fears and insecurities, hopes and dreams, frustrations and disillusionment.’
    • ‘However, what stops many people from continuing an exercise programme that they may have started is discouraging remarks from other people who are trapped by their own insecurities.’
    • ‘The bulk of my problem, she informed me, was not my physical appearance, but my emotional insecurity.’
    • ‘His motives, contradictions, and insecurities are on display.’
    • ‘She uses her verbal loquaciousness as a screen for insecurity.’
    • ‘Discussing her insecurity about her looks would also be a sore point.’
    • ‘This insecurity persisted as I entered my teens, and my desire to be thin consumed my life.’
    vulnerability, defencelessness, unguardedness, lack of protection, perilousness, peril, danger, riskiness
    lack of confidence, lack of self-confidence, self-doubt, diffidence, unassertiveness, humility, humbleness, meekness, timidity, timidness, timorousness, uncertainty, nervousness, hesitancy, inhibition, self-consciousness
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  • 2The state of being open to danger or threat; lack of protection.

    ‘growing job insecurity’
    ‘the insecurity of wireless networks’
    • ‘These measures are held to be necessary to discipline labour, to get more productivity and in return give workers insecurity of tenure, lower real wages and poorer working conditions.’
    • ‘Working people face worsening economic insecurity, and the ranks of the poor continue to swell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Insecurity of land tenure militates against long-term conservation of the land resources.’
    • ‘At the same time, she argues against market proponents who claim simplistically that markets reduce social exclusion and economic insecurity.’
    • ‘International chemical companies are refusing to deliver their products because of the insecurity surrounding the currency.’
    • ‘Access to law is a major factor in economic development because it reduces the level of legal insecurity that often becomes an obstacle to trade and investment.’
    • ‘It is the midst of a recession, and he explains that steel mills are closing down, and there is a lot of job insecurity.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, frustrations over violence and insecurity have been manipulated in such a way that a majority of Jamaicans supports hard-line policing and punishment (including the reactivation of capital punishment).’
    • ‘Growing disorder, eruptions of violence and decades of insecurity have accompanied each rebirth of capitalism in the past.’
    • ‘The insecurity on the streets and roads means that it is increasingly difficult for parents to bring their sick children to the hospital.’
    • ‘A number of countries and regions risk becoming caught in a downward spiral of conflict, insecurity and poverty.’
    • ‘Witchcraft remains an important concern for Pimbwe and, in combination with food insecurity, there is general mistrust both within Pimbwe villages and between the two ethnic communities.’
    • ‘The insecurity in Iraq is bad, and it will continue to be bad.’
    • ‘This will potentially transform people's experience of economic and social insecurity into a massive public health problem.’
    • ‘The situation of anarchy, of institutionalised violence, and of insecurity contributes to worsening the already precarious situation for the people.’
    • ‘The gloomy prospect of unemployment and poverty, of insecurity and war is frightening us.’
    • ‘The existence of hunger and food insecurity in a wealthy country like Canada is a result of political decisions.’
    • ‘Many Israeli immigrants cited the political unrest in the Middle East and the relative insecurity of the region as their primary reason for emigrating.’
    unstable, unsecured, loose, rickety, rocky, wobbly, shaky, unsteady, precarious
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