Views of the US have improved, modestly, but are still predominantly negative.
Prime ministers were supposed to live as modestly as school teachers.
Isaacson was surprised by how modestly Jobs lived—“no security, no drivers, no entourage, no live-in help,” he says.
It is clear that the defense budget will be cut, though whether dramatically or modestly depends on how things play out.
Meanwhile, Republicans on Capitol Hill will have to determine whether to be modestly practical—or relentlessly ideological.
She spoke so sensibly, so quietly, so modestly, that her offer of assistance deeply impressed me.
"Perhaps you may have heard of me before," said he, modestly.
"Anything in my power is at your service, Madame," modestly interposes Tom, regaining confidence.
"I modestly but freely told him what I thought" of Paradise Lost!
You walk gravely, modestly; you talk low, quiet; you carry you sad (Note 1) and becomingly.
1560s, "having moderate self-regard," from Middle French modeste (14c.), from Latin modestus "keeping due measure" (see modesty). Of women, "not improper or lewd," 1590s; of female attire, 1610s. Of demands, etc., c.1600. Related: Modestly.