Definition of insecurity in English:



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

    ‘growing job insecurity’
    ‘the insecurity of wireless networks’
    • ‘Each year our members do more for less and yet face greater insecurity for the future.’
    • ‘Working people face worsening economic insecurity, and the ranks of the poor continue to swell.’
    • ‘Many Israeli immigrants cited the political unrest in the Middle East and the relative insecurity of the region as their primary reason for emigrating.’
    • ‘International chemical companies are refusing to deliver their products because of the insecurity surrounding the currency.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘The insecurity in Iraq is bad, and it will continue to be bad.’
    • ‘Growing disorder, eruptions of violence and decades of insecurity have accompanied each rebirth of capitalism in the past.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The existence of hunger and food insecurity in a wealthy country like Canada is a result of political decisions.’
    • ‘The situation of anarchy, of institutionalised violence, and of insecurity contributes to worsening the already precarious situation for the people.’
    • ‘Insecurity of land tenure militates against long-term conservation of the land resources.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A number of countries and regions risk becoming caught in a downward spiral of conflict, insecurity and poverty.’
    • ‘This will potentially transform people's experience of economic and social insecurity into a massive public health problem.’
    • ‘The insecurity on the streets and roads means that it is increasingly difficult for parents to bring their sick children to the hospital.’
    • ‘At the same time, she argues against market proponents who claim simplistically that markets reduce social exclusion and economic insecurity.’
    • ‘The gloomy prospect of unemployment and poverty, of insecurity and war is frightening us.’
    • ‘It is the midst of a recession, and he explains that steel mills are closing down, and there is a lot of job insecurity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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
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