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modest

adjective

Definition: 1. having a humble opinion of oneself; 2. marked by simplicity, and without being showy or pretentious; 3. not large or excessive; 4. not sexually offensive in conduct or appearance

Synonyms: humble, shy, meek, unassuming, unpretentious, reasonable, moderate, simple, discreet, decent, appropriate

Antonyms: immodest, improper, indecent, ambitious, assertive, excessive, unseemly

Tips: Modest is a great word to describe someone who is humble and does not try to gain the attention of others. Someone who is modest tries to be humble and not pretentious. A person who is shy about revealing his or her body is also described as modest.

Usage Examples:

Considering their wealth, they live rather modestly. (unassumingly, unpretentiously) adverb

The gift looked expensive, but it was rather modestly priced. (reasonably, moderately) adverb

She never gets recognition for all her hard work because she is so modest about all her accomplishments. (humble, meek)

I helped myself to a modest piece of the cake, not wanting to blow my diet. (moderate, not excessive)


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