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1‘a gauche, rather insecure young man’
unconfident, lacking confidence, lacking self-confidence, not self-assured, diffident, self-effacing, self-conscious, unforthcoming, uncertain, unsure, doubtful, self-doubting, hesitant, unassertive, retiring, shrinking, shy, timid, timorous, meek, passive, inhibited, introverted
anxious, fearful, apprehensive, worried, ill at ease
2‘burglars can gain access through insecure doors and windows’
unguarded, unprotected, ill-protected, vulnerable, defenceless, undefended, unshielded, exposed, assailable, open to attack, in danger
unlocked, unbolted, unfastened, unsecured
3‘an insecure footbridge’
unstable, unsecured, loose, rickety, rocky, wobbly, shaky, unsteady, precarious
unsubstantial, weak, flimsy, frail, fragile, spindly, decrepit, unsound, unsafe
informal jerry-built, teetery
British informal wonky, dicky, dodgy
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