insecurity Definition

  • 1uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence
  • 2the state of being open to danger or threat; lack of protection

Using insecurity: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "insecurity" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Her insecurity about her appearance made her avoid social situations.

  • Example

    The insecurity of the building's structure made it unsafe for occupancy.

  • Example

    The country's insecurity led to increased military spending.

insecurity Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for insecurity

Phrases with insecurity

  • the state of not having enough money or resources to meet one's basic needs


    Many people experience financial insecurity due to low wages and high living costs.

  • emotional insecurity

    the state of feeling uncertain or anxious about one's emotions or relationships with others


    His emotional insecurity made it difficult for him to form close relationships.

  • the state of feeling vulnerable or threatened as a nation, often due to external factors such as war or terrorism


    The government's response to national insecurity was to increase surveillance and security measures.


Summary: insecurity in Brief

Insecurity [ˌɪnsɪˈkjʊərəti] refers to a lack of confidence or certainty about oneself, often leading to anxiety or unease. It can also refer to a state of vulnerability or danger, as in 'The insecurity of the building's structure made it unsafe for occupancy.' Phrases like 'financial insecurity' and 'emotional insecurity' describe specific types of insecurity, while idioms are not commonly used with this word. Synonyms include 'doubt', 'uncertainty', and 'anxiety'.

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