• WordNet 3.6
    • n insecurity the anxiety you experience when you feel vulnerable and insecure
    • n insecurity the state of being subject to danger or injury
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Insecurity The condition or quality of being insecure; lack of safety; danger; hazard; as, the insecurity of a building liable to fire; insecurity of a debt.
    • Insecurity The state of feeling insecure; uncertainty; lack of confidence. "With what insecurity of truth we ascribe effects . . . unto arbitrary calculations.""A time of insecurity , when interests of all sorts become objects of speculation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n insecurity The state of being insecure or unsafe; liability to give way, be lost, or become unsafe or fraught with danger; want of secureness or stability; instability; liability to damage or loss: as, the insecurity of a staircase or of a foundation.
    • n insecurity Lack of assurance or confidence, especially in regard to one's safety, or the security or stability of something; apprehensiveness of change, loss, or damage; doubt; uncertainty: as, a feeling of insecurity pervaded the community.
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  • Miranda Richardson
    Miranda Richardson
    “Insecurity, commonly regarded as a weakness in normal people, is the basic tool of the actor's trade.”
  • Seneca
    “Sovereignty over any foreign land is insecure.”
  • Billy Connelly
    Billy Connelly
    “I think my securities far outweigh my insecurities. I am not nearly as afraid of myself and my imagination as I used to be.”
  • Dag Hammarskjold
    “It is playing safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.”
  • Harold W. Dodds
    Harold W. Dodds
    “It's an old adage that the way to be safe is never to be secure. Each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “Only the insecure strive for security.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. in-, not + security, : cf. LL. insecuritas, F. insecurite,


In literature:

He felt insecure; as though he didn't understand, and hadn't got hold.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
Why did Sir Alan leave documents of such grave importance in so insecure a hiding-place?
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
What industrial relationship had existed was too insecure to stand such a procedure.
"An American Idyll" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
This was a very meagre result, but Marlborough now felt his position to be so insecure that he dared not take any risks.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
A certain unrest and insecurity may consciously harass it.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
What an index to the insecurity resulting from an ill-regulated police!
"The Awakening of China" by W.A.P. Martin
Her feet were very small and gave you the impression of an insecure foundation to her body.
"Balloons" by Elizabeth Bibesco
My job is insecure because the white union wants it and does not want me.
"Darkwater" by W. E. B. Du Bois
The ooze and slime rendered his footing tedious and insecure.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Another of the diggers' grievances was the extreme insecurity of life and property on the mines.
"A Source Book Of Australian History" by Compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne
They got up on the insecure thing and tried to dance; that was all she knew.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
Their tenure of office is far too insecure, and their salaries are far too small.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
Paul endeavored to explain to him what sort of work lay before them, passing along on such insecure footing.
"Boy Scouts on a Long Hike" by Archibald Lee Fletcher
David's horses, insecurely picketed, had pulled up their stakes in the night and gone.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
He was clinging desperately to his insecure seat, with legs pressed tightly against the pony's sides.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
He knew that his agitation rendered his footing insecure.
"The Young Mountaineers" by Charles Egbert Craddock
Not that we believe that the natives are sufficiently advanced to render our hold in the country insecure.
"On the Heels of De Wet" by The Intelligence Officer
He left her with the feeling that the foundations of life, as she was leading it, were insecure.
"The Letter of the Contract" by Basil King
Through the last fifty it had been weakened by the insecurity of a disputed succession.
"History of the English People, Volume III (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Morale based upon hatred is insecure.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge

In poetry:

All for arson insecurely,
All for slander little purely,
Vext with petty strife,—
Let no silly mortal surely Covet country life.
"Country Life" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
From that warm height and pure,
The peak undreamed of out of heavy air
Rising to heaven more strange and rare;
From that amazed brief sojourn, exquisite, insecure;
"The Fall" by John Freeman
I don't want to go on being a root in the dark,
insecure, stretched out, shivering with sleep,
going on down, into the moist guts of the earth,
taking in and thinking, eating every day.
"Walking Around" by Pablo Neruda
"Mr. Chirry chose the spot, without consulting me;
Such a very public place, and insecure for it,
I can scarcely sleep at night for nervousness; but he
Says I am a silly thing and doesn't mind a bit."
"Secrets" by Susan Coolidge
Ah, love at best is insecure,
And lives with doubt and vain regret;
And hope and faith, with faces set
Upon the past, are never sure;
And through their fever, grief, and fret
The heart may fail that should endure.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein
They left their wives that morning without any dread,
Never thinking, at the burning pile, they would be killed dead
By the falling of the rickety and insecure walls;
When I think of it, kind Christians, my heart it appals!
"The Clepington Catastrophe" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Direct marketers say feeling of job insecurity in an uncertain economy is drawing more Americans into the industry.
Developmental insecurity in early adolescence can cause social cruelty at school.
To the degree you can overcome your insecurities, you will experience freedom to be yourself and reach your full potential as an entrepreneur.
In News Cut, Bob Collins blogged about social insecurity.
Insecure reporters need to stiffen their backbone.
A (Very) Conservative and Eminent Journalist's Judgment on John McCain: "Insecure, Reactive, Poll-Watching Hack… Tawdry , Unseemly, Yucky.".
An Insecurity Over What We Lost.
Feeling insecure about my fitness prior to my trip to ride the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix a few weeks ago, I tried some new "training aids" to help me get an edge.
Alex Rodriguez was an insecure prima donna who made a clubhouse attendant load his toothbrush with toothpaste after every game in his three seasons with the Texas Rangers, a new book charges.
The Web is an insecure place and getting more insecure all the time.
Just because it's convenient does not make it insecure, argues security expert Brian Royer.
In her finely-wrought collection of 11 closely-linked stories, Samson (Lying in Bed) plumbs the depths of the human psyche, revealing insecurities, infidelities, and an enduring tenacious spirit.
Nicole Scherzinger was ' unbelievably insecure'.
A (Very) Conservative and Eminent Journalist's Judgment on John McCain: "Insecure, Reactive, Poll-Watching Hack…Tawdry, Unseemly , Yucky.".
The Department of Homeland Insecurity is going to spend three quarters of a million dollars to protect Anderson Ranch Dam from terrorists.

In science:

Is there hope? Given the current state of insecurity of hosts and the vulnerability of the Internet to manipulation and denial of service attacks, there is no way that a public election of any significance involving remote electronic voting could be carried out securely.
Security Considerations for Remote Electronic Voting over the Internet
II The very low value for the degree of linear polarization makes the value for position angle very insecure, which is reflected in the large error.
Variable polarization in the optical afterglow of GRB 021004
It will lead to the deployment of unreliable and insecure systems that will be easy pray for the maliciously inclined.
Open source software and peer review
All of the toy models herein that satisfy the CBH axioms employ unique serial numbers, primarily as a way of ensuring no broadcast (though this is also useful in excluding some bit commitment strategies which may be insecure, but for which this is difficult to prove).
Can Quantum Cryptography Imply Quantum Mechanics?
A number of authentication protocols have been established for use on insecure computer networks.
Will the Butterfly Cipher keep your Network Data secure? Developments in Computer Encryption
The oscillator then inevitably passes through the insecure domain controlled by the eavesdropper and we cannot make unverified assumptions about its state at Bob’s site.
Testing Quantum Devices: Practical Entanglement Verification in Bipartite Optical Systems
The goal of key exchange is for two distant parties, Alice and Bob, to agree on a secret key using only an insecure public channel.
Quantum algorithms for algebraic problems
As we are writing for a mathematical audience, we also consciously aim to fall into this pit. A standard model for a cryptographic scheme is phrased as two parties, Alice and Bob, who wish to communicate securely over an insecure channel (such as a wireless link, or a conventional phone line).
Group theory in cryptography
Clearly, if the DLP is easy then so is the DHP and thus the Diffie– Hellman key agreement protocol is insecure.
Group theory in cryptography
Biggs has proposed representing an abelian group as a critical group of a finite graph; but Blackburn has shown that this proposal is insecure.
Group theory in cryptography
In this section, we briefly outline some techniques that have been developed to demonstrate the insecurity of group-based schemes.
Group theory in cryptography
In particular, if the attacker knowledge is greater than what has been declassified so far, there is an insecure leakage.
Epistemic Temporal Logic for Information Flow Security
In multilayer perceptron synchronization scheme secret session key is not physically get exchanged over public insecure channel.
Key Generation and Certification using Multilayer Perceptron in Wireless communication(KGCMLP)
However, Barnum’s protocol has been shown to be insecure .
Basic limitations for entanglement catalysis
The main result of this paper is a negative one: There exist signature and encryption schemes that are secure in the Random Oracle Model, but for which any implementation of the random oracle results in insecure schemes.
The Random Oracle Methodology, Revisited