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  1. low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness; "meek and self-effacing" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. limited in size or scope; "a small business"; "a newspaper with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket-size country" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. free from ostentation or pretension; "the restrained elegance of the room" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. not large but sufficient in size or amount; "a modest salary"; "modest inflation"; "helped in my own small way" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself; "a modest apartment"; "too modest to wear his medals" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. free from pomp or affectation; "comfortable but modest cottages"; "a simple rectangular brick building"; "a simple man with simple tastes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. Evincing modestly in the actor, author, or speaker; not showing presumption; not excessive or extreme; moderate; as, a modest request; modest joy. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Restraining within due limits of propriety; not forward, bold, boastful, or presumptious; rather retiring than pushing one's self forward; not obstructive; as, a modest youth; a modest man. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Observing the proprieties of the sex; not unwomanly in act or bearing; free from undue familiarity, indecency, or lewdness; decent in speech and demeanor; - said of a woman. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Modestly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Held back by a sense of what is fit and proper; retiring, rather than pushing oneself forward; chaste. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Restrained by a due sense of propriety: not forward: decent: chaste: pure and delicate, as thoughts or language: moderate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. Diffident; chaste; not forward; moderate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. Characterized by reserve, propriety, or purity; decorous; chaste; humble. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Restrained by a sense of propriety; not forward, presumptuous, or arrogant; unobtrusive; diffident; not loose or lewd; chaste; moderate. See Mode. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Restrained by a due sense of propriety; not forward or bold; unobtrusive; diffident; becoming; not excessive; reasonable; not lewd; chaste. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. Observing the proprieties of the sex; not unwomanly in act or bearing; free from undue familiarity, indecency, or lewdness; decent in speech and demeanor; -- said of a woman. mso.anu.edu.au
  20. Observing the proprieties of the sex; not unwomanly in act or bearing; free from undue familiarity, indecency, or lewdness; decent in speech and demeanor; said of a woman. dictgcide_fs
  21. mod'est, adj. restrained by a sense of propriety: not forward: decent: chaste: pure and delicate, as thoughts or language: not excessive or extreme: moderate.--adv. MOD'ESTLY.--n. MOD'ESTY, humility: purity of thought and manners: becoming behaviour: chastity, purity: moderation. [Fr.,--L. modestus--modus; a measure.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. Having a humble estimate of one\'s own merits; retiring, bashful; (of women) decorous in manner& conduct, scrupulously chaste; (of demands, statements, &c.) not excessive; (of things) unpretentious in appearance, amount, &c. Hence or cogn. modestly adv., modesty n. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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