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English adjective: modest

1. modest marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself


SamplesA modest apartment.
Too modest to wear his medals.


Similarretiring, unassuming


See alsohumble


Antonymsimmodest

2. modest not large but sufficient in size or amount


SamplesA modest salary.
Modest inflation.
Helped in my own small way.


Synonymssmall


Similarmoderate


Antonymsimmoderate

3. modest free from pomp or affectation


SamplesComfortable but modest cottages.
A simple rectangular brick building.
A simple man with simple tastes.


Similarunpretentious


Antonymspretentious

4. modest not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance


Similarcoy, decent, decent, demure, overmodest, shamefaced


See alsodecent


Attributemodestness, modesty


Antonymsimmodest

5. modest low or inferior in station or quality


SamplesA humble cottage.
A lowly parish priest.
A modest man of the people.
Small beginnings.


Synonymshumble, low, lowly, small


Similarinferior


Antonymssuperior

6. modest humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness


SamplesMeek and self-effacing.


Synonymsmeek, mild


Similarhumble


Antonymsproud

7. modest limited in size or scope


SamplesA small business.
A newspaper with a modest circulation.
Small-scale plans.
A pocket-size country.


Synonymsminor, pocket-size, pocket-sized, small, small-scale


Similarlimited


Antonymsunlimited, limitless









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