unpretentious
adjective Date: 1859 free from ostentation, elegance, or affectation ; modest <
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unpretentiously adverbunpretentiousness noun

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  • unpretentious — I adjective artless, humble, inadfectatus, informal, matter of fact, meek, modest, modicus, natural, plain, quiet, retiring, simple, simplex, unaffected, unassuming, undistinguished, unelaborate, unobtrusive, unostentatious, without airs II …   Law dictionary

  • unpretentious — 1859, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + PRETENTIOUS (Cf. pretentious). Related: Unpretentiously; unpretentiousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • unpretentious — *plain, homely, simple Analogous words: *natural, unsophisticated, simple, ingenuous, unaffected: unassuming (see corresponding affirmative verb at ASSUME) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • unpretentious — [adj] simple, honest discreet, down, down home*, easy going, folksy*, free spirited, homey*, humble, inelaborate, laid back*, lowly, modest, plain, prosaic, straightforward, unaffected, unambitious, unassuming, unbeautified, uncomplex,… …   New thesaurus

  • unpretentious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not pretentious; modest. DERIVATIVES unpretentiously adverb unpretentiousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • unpretentious — [spelling only] …   English World dictionary

  • unpretentious — [[t]ʌ̱nprɪte̱nʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (approval) If you describe a place, person, or thing as unpretentious, you approve of them because they are simple in appearance or character, rather than sophisticated or luxurious. The Tides Inn is both… …   English dictionary

  • unpretentious — unpretentiously, adv. unpretentiousness, n. /un pri ten sheuhs/, adj. not pretentious; modest; without ostentatious display; plain: his unpretentious demeanor; an unpretentious summer resort. [1855 60; UN 1 + PRETENTIOUS] Syn. humble,… …   Universalium

  • unpretentious — un|pre|ten|tious [ˌʌnprıˈtenʃəs] adj not trying to seem better, more important etc than you really are use this to show approval ▪ an unpretentious hotel ▪ an unpretentious woman …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • unpretentious — un|pre|ten|tious [ ,ʌnprı tenʃəs ] adjective not trying to impress people with money, style, intelligence, importance, etc. This word shows that you approve of this quality: The hotel has a comfortable but unpretentious interior. Despite his… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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