from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not sure or certain; doubtful.
  • adjective Inadequately guarded or protected; unsafe.
  • adjective Not firm or fixed; unsteady.
  • adjective Lacking stability; troubled.
  • adjective Lacking self-confidence; plagued by anxiety.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not secure, firm, or safe; liable to give way; unsafe.
  • Not fully assured; not free from apprehension, fear, uncertainty, or doubt; uncertain.
  • To make insecure; imperil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not secure; not confident of safety or permanence; distrustful; suspicious; apprehensive of danger or loss.
  • adjective Not effectually guarded, protected, or sustained; unsafe; unstable; exposed to danger or loss.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Not secure.
  • adjective Not comfortable or confident in oneself or in certain situations.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective lacking self-confidence or assurance
  • adjective not safe from attack
  • adjective not firm or firmly fixed; likely to fail or give way
  • adjective lacking in security or safety


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