modest
adjective Etymology: Latin modestus moderate; akin to Latin modus measure Date: 1565 1. a. placing a moderate estimate on one's abilities or worth b. neither bold nor self-assertive ; tending toward diffidence 2. arising from or characteristic of a modest nature 3. observing the proprieties of dress and behavior ; decent 4. a. limited in size, amount, or scope <
a family of modest means
>
b. unpretentious <
a modest home
>
Synonyms: see shy, chastemodestly adverb

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