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Definition of "modest" []

  • Having or showing a moderate estimation of one's own talents, abilities, and value. (adjective)
  • Having or proceeding from a disinclination to call attention to oneself; retiring or diffident. See Synonyms at shy1. (adjective)
  • Observing conventional proprieties in speech, behavior, or dress. (adjective)
  • Free from showiness or ostentation; unpretentious. See Synonyms at plain. (adjective)
  • Moderate or limited in size, quantity, or range; not extreme: a modest price; a newspaper with a modest circulation. (adjective)
  • Having or expressing a humble opinion of oneself or one's accomplishments or abilities (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Reserved or shy (adjective)
  • Not ostentatious or pretentious (adjective)
  • Not extreme or excessive; moderate (adjective)
  • Decorous or decent (adjective)

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Use "modest" in a sentence
  • "Well, I think we gave pretty specific guidance on growth rates and we used the term modest leverage."
  • "Nawas is just one of a group of athletic Kansas City area young Muslim women who wear the hijab and what they term "modest" dress long sleeves and pants or long skirts."
  • "Nawas is just one of a group of athletic Kansas City area young Muslim women who wear the hijab and what they term "modest" dress - long sleeves and pants or long skirts."