modesty

[mod-uh-stee]
noun, plural modesties.
1.
the quality of being modest; freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc.
2.
regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
3.
simplicity; moderation.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin modestia. See modest, -y3

overmodesty, noun
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modesty (ˈmɒdɪstɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the quality or condition of being modest
2.  (modifier) designed to prevent inadvertent exposure of part of the body: a modesty flap

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modesty
1530s, "freedom from exaggeration, self-control," from M.Fr. modestie, from L. modestia "moderation," from modestus "moderate, keeping measure, sober," from modus "measure, manner" (see mode (1)). Meaning "having a moderate opinion of oneself" is from 1550s.
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Example sentences
Indeed, concerns about modesty can play out in unexpected ways in hospital
  settings.
His humanity, courage, his restraint and his modesty makes us also to think
  about the human condition.
Interesting comments, thank you, and refreshing to see some properly scientific
  thinking and modesty amongst these comments.
The modesty in his method is matched by a realism in his demands.
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