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Synonyms for insecure
ˌɪn sɪˈkyʊər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insecure(adj)

    not firm or firmly fixed; likely to fail or give way

    "the hinge is insecure"


    tight, secure, sure, steady, firm, assured, unafraid, untroubled, invulnerable, fail-safe

  2. insecure, unsafe(adj)

    lacking in security or safety

    "his fortune was increasingly insecure"; "an insecure future"

    unsafe, dangerous

    fail-safe, sure, secure, firm, invulnerable, untroubled, unafraid, assured, steady, tight

  3. insecure(adj)

    lacking self-confidence or assurance

    "an insecure person lacking mental stability"


    assured, fail-safe, sure, firm, steady, secure, unafraid, invulnerable, untroubled, tight

  4. insecure, unsafe(adj)

    not safe from attack

    unsafe, dangerous

    secure, assured, invulnerable, fail-safe, firm, steady, tight, sure, unafraid, untroubled


  1. insecure(adjective)

    Not comfortable or confident in oneself or in certain situations.

    He's a nice guy and all, but seems to be rather insecure around other people.

    confident, self-confident

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. insecure

    Uncertain is applied to things that human knowledge can not certainly determine or that human power can not certainly control; precarious originally meant dependent on the will of another, and now, by extension of meaning, dependent on chance or hazard, with manifest unfavorable possibility verging toward probability; as, one holds office by a precarious tenure, or land by a precarious title; the strong man's hold on life is uncertain, the invalid's is precarious.

    doubtful, dubious, equivocal, hazardous, perilous, precarious, risky, unassured, uncertain, unsettled, unstable, unsteady

    actual, assured, certain, firm, immutable, incontestable, infallible, real, settled, stable, steady, strong, sure, undeniable, undoubted, unquestionable

Editors Contribution

  1. in the firing line

    Submitted by acronimous on January 11, 2018  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. insecure(a.)

    uncertain, not sure, not confident

  2. insecure(a.)

    unsafe, unprotected, exposed, dangerous, hazardous, perilous

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. insecure(a)

    risky, unsafe, precarious, rickety, unstable, dangerous

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "insecure":

    unsafe, precarious, uncertain, insecurity, unsure, unstable, fragile, uncertainty

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  1. Jimmy Kimmel:

    This was not the sort of thing I ever imagined would happen in this country in my lifetime, the President of the United States, because Donald Trump is too angry, too insecure and too incompetent to deal with the fact that Donald Trump lost an election — a fair election, an election that was no different than any other election, an election Donald Trump lost by seven million votes, and 70 electors — turns an angry mob against members of Congress and his own vice president.

  2. Rachael Malonson:

    I remember I felt so insecure because people didn’t understand who I was by my look, i’m confident in it now and see it as a unique trait where I’m able to teach people that not every black person (and) not every mixed person looks the same way.

  3. Sam Brooke:

    The court reaffirmed the rights of financially insecure individuals to access health care.

  4. Chris Hemsworth:

    Back when I was still on the soap, I became incredibly insecure and full of anxiety because I didn't know if I was any good. I spent years being angsty, constantly telling people I wasn't just part of a soap opera, that I was a real artist, and I remember Luke sort of snapping, telling me to shut up, that he was sick of hearing it.

  5. Peter Yeo:

    When families feel insecure, it leads to situations where they either migrate or you end up with kids who are separated from their families, young men leaving home at an early age, it's a toxic soup for luring young people into violent extremism and UNFPA's work is a core element in reducing that toxic soup.

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