modest

[mod-ist]
adjective
1.
having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one's merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.
2.
free from ostentation or showy extravagance: a modest house.
3.
having or showing regard for the decencies of behavior, speech, dress, etc.; decent: a modest neckline on a dress.
4.
limited or moderate in amount, extent, etc.: a modest increase in salary.

Origin:
1555–65; < Latin modestus restrained, decorous, equivalent to modes- (stem of *modus, an s-stem akin to modus mode1, perhaps < *medos, with the vowel of modus; compare moderārī to moderate, from the same noun stem) + -tus adj. suffix

modestly, adverb
hypermodest, adjective
hypermodestly, adverb
hypermodestness, noun
overmodest, adjective
overmodestly, adverb
pseudomodest, adjective
pseudomodestly, adverb
quasi-modest, adjective
quasi-modestly, adverb
supermodest, adjective
supermodestly, adverb
unmodest, adjective
unmodestly, adverb


1. retiring, unassuming. 1, 2. unpretentious, unobtrusive. 3. pure, virtuous. Modest, demure, prudish imply conformity to propriety and decorum, and a distaste for anything coarse or loud. Modest implies a becoming shyness, sobriety, and proper behavior: a modest, self-respecting person. Demure implies a bashful, quiet simplicity, staidness, and decorum; but can also indicate an assumed or affected modesty: a demure young chorus girl. Prudish suggests an exaggeratedly self-conscious modesty or propriety in behavior or conversation of one who wishes to be thought of as easily shocked and who often is intolerant: a prudish objection to a harmless remark.


3. bold, coarse.
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modest (ˈmɒdɪst)
 
adj
1.  having or expressing a humble opinion of oneself or one's accomplishments or abilities
2.  reserved or shy: modest behaviour
3.  not ostentatious or pretentious
4.  not extreme or excessive; moderate
5.  decorous or decent
 
[C16: via Old French from Latin modestus moderate, from modusmode]
 
'modestly
 
adv

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modest
1560s, "having moderate self-regard," from Fr. modeste, from L. modestus "keeping due measure" (see modesty). Of women, "not improper or lewd," 1590s; of female attire, 1610s. Of demands, etc., c.1600. Related: Modestly.
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Example sentences
The modest growth is a reflection of last year's sluggish new-enrollment
  figures.
Such a modest rate of increase of price does not indicate a serious shortage.
From the outside, the terra-cotta-colored tower appears modest in size.
The decor and food are modest, but still a lot better than the town's few other
  independent eateries.
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