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  • Somewhat of a rarity, this is a one-word litotes. Because English allows the piling on of multiple affixes, both non- and in- can be prefixed to secure instead of requiring the writer or speaker to say "not insecure."

    While technically a double negative, figures of speech and rhetorical devices, especially litotes, are given a certain amount of latitude with regard to the double-negative rule.

    January 5, 2007