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modest adj
1 marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself; "a modest apartment"; "too modest to wear his medals" [ant: immodest]
2 not large but sufficient in size or amount; "a modest salary"; "modest inflation"; "helped in my own small way" [syn: small]
3 free from pomp or affectation; "comfortable but modest cottages"; "a simple rectangular brick building"; "a simple man with simple tastes"
4 not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance [ant: immodest]
5 low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings" [syn: humble, low, lowly, small]
6 humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness; "meek and self-effacing" [syn: meek, mild]
7 limited in size or scope; "a small business"; "a newspaper with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket-size country" [syn: minor, small, small-scale, pocket-size, pocket-sized]
8 free from ostentation or pretension; "the restrained elegance of the room" [syn: restrained, unostentatious]

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IPA: /ˈmɑdəst/


  1. Not bragging or boasting about oneself or one's achievements, unpretentious, humble.
  2. Small, moderate in size.
    He earns a modest amount of money.
    Her latest novel was a modest success.
  3. (especially of behaviour or clothing) Avoiding being sexually suggestive.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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