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MODEST (modest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does modest mean? 

MODEST (adjective)
  The adjective MODEST has 8 senses:

1. marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself
2. not large but sufficient in size or amount
3. free from pomp or affectation
4. not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance
5. low or inferior in station or quality
6. humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
7. limited in size or scope
8. free from ostentation or pretension

  Familiarity information: MODEST used as an adjective is common.


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MODEST (adjective)


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Meaning:

Marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself

Context examples:

a modest apartment / too modest to wear his medals

Similar:

retiring; unassuming (not arrogant or presuming)

Also:

humble (marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful)

Antonym:

immodest (having or showing an exaggerated opinion of your importance, ability, etc)


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Meaning:

Not large but sufficient in size or amount

Synonyms:

modest; small

Context examples:

a modest salary / modest inflation / helped in my own small way

Similar:

moderate (being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme)


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Meaning:

Free from pomp or affectation

Context examples:

comfortable but modest cottages / a simple rectangular brick building / a simple man with simple tastes

Similar:

unpretentious (lacking pretension or affectation)


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Meaning:

Not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance

Similar:

shamefaced (extremely modest or shy)

decent (decently clothed)

decent (observing conventional sexual mores in speech or behavior or dress)

coy; demure; overmodest (affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way)

Also:

decent (conforming to conventions of sexual behavior)

Attribute:

modestness; modesty (freedom from vanity or conceit)

Antonym:

immodest (offending against sexual mores in conduct or appearance)


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Meaning:

Low or inferior in station or quality

Synonyms:

lowly; humble; small; modest; low

Context examples:

a humble cottage / a lowly parish priest / a modest man of the people / small beginnings

Similar:

inferior (of or characteristic of low rank or importance)


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Meaning:

Humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness

Synonyms:

meek; mild; modest

Context example:

meek and self-effacing

Similar:

humble (marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful)


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Meaning:

Limited in size or scope

Synonyms:

pocket-sized; pocket-size; small; small-scale; modest; minor

Context examples:

a small business / a newspaper with a modest circulation / small-scale plans / a pocket-size country

Similar:

limited (small in range or scope)


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Meaning:

Free from ostentation or pretension

Synonyms:

unostentatious; restrained; modest

Context example:

the restrained elegance of the room

Similar:

discreet (marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint)


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