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Modest and Unassuming Definitions

Modest

Having or showing a moderate estimation of one's own abilities, accomplishments, or value
Was too modest to talk about his success.

Unassuming

Exhibiting no pretensions, boastfulness, or ostentation; modest.

Modest

Having or proceeding from a disinclination to call attention to oneself; retiring or diffident
A quiet, modest demeanor.

Unassuming

Modest and having no pretensions or ostentation

Modest

Observing conventional proprieties in speech, behavior, or dress, especially in the avoidance of arousing sexual interest.
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Unassuming

Not assuming; not bold or forward; not arrogant or presuming; humble; modest; retiring; as, an unassuming youth; unassuming manners.

Modest

Free from showiness or ostentation; unpretentious
A house with modest furnishings.

Unassuming

Not arrogant or presuming;
Unassuming to a fault, skeptical about the value of his work
A shy retiring girl

Modest

Moderate or limited in size, quantity, or range; not extreme
A modest price.
A newspaper with a modest circulation.

Modest

Not bragging or boasting about oneself or one's achievements; unpretentious, humble.
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Modest

Small, moderate in size.
He earns a modest amount of money.
Her latest novel was a modest success.

Modest

Pure and delicate from a sense of propriety.
Modest thoughts or language

Modest

(especially of behaviour or clothing) Intending to avoid the encouraging of sexual attraction in others.

Modest

Restraining within due limits of propriety; not forward, bold, boastful, or presumptious; rather retiring than pushing one's self forward; not obstructive; as, a modest youth; a modest man.

Modest

Observing the proprieties of the sex; not unwomanly in act or bearing; free from undue familiarity, indecency, or lewdness; decent in speech and demeanor; - said of a woman.
Mrs. Ford, the honest woman, the modest wife.
The blushing beauties of a modest maid.

Modest

Evincing modestly in the actor, author, or speaker; not showing presumption; not excessive or extreme; moderate; as, a modest request; modest joy.

Modest

Marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself;
A modest apartment
Too modest to wear his medals

Modest

Not large but sufficient in size or amount;
A modest salary
Modest inflation
Helped in my own small way

Modest

Free from pomp or affectation;
Comfortable but modest cottages
A simple rectangular brick building
A simple man with simple tastes

Modest

Not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance

Modest

Low or inferior in station or quality;
A humble cottage
A lowly parish priest
A modest man of the people
Small beginnings

Modest

Humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness;
Meek and self-effacing

Modest

Limited in size or scope;
A small business
A newspaper with a modest circulation
Small-scale plans
A pocket-size country

Modest

Free from ostentation or pretension;
The restrained elegance of the room

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