From self- + secure, probably a calque of German selbstsicher (“selfsecure, self-assured, self-confident”). Compare also Dutch zelfzeker, zelfverzekerd (“selfsecure, confident”).
selfsecure (comparative more selfsecure, superlative most selfsecure)
- Secure in oneself; self-assured; self-confident.
- 1993, Linda Eyre, Richard Eyre, Teaching Your Children Values:
- Friendliness and gentleness also apply to self. Children who learn to be gentle and tolerant with themselves grow up to be less stressed and more relaxed and selfsecure.
- Secure on one's own; self-reliant; self-sustaining.
- 2008, Touré F. Reed, Not Alms But Opportunity:
- Haynes's formulation all but conflated middle-class status with moral integrity, as he implied that by their nature, the better classes were more selfsecure.