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unassuming

[uhn-uh-soo-ming] /ˌʌn əˈsu mɪŋ/
adjective
1.
modest; unpretentious.
Origin of unassuming
1720-1730
1720-30; un-1 + assuming
Related forms
unassumingly, adverb
unassumingness, noun
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  • The unassuming figure of the young man under the trellis stood still, swaying only slightly from side to side.

    The Wishing Moon Louise Elizabeth Dutton
  • His manner is affable and unassuming, and his disposition kindly.

  • He was a graduate of West Point, and seems a remarkably zealous officer, besides being very modest and unassuming in his manners.

    Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863 Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
  • The uniform of these riders of the western plains was unassuming.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • He was slight in frame and below the medium height, and unassuming in manner.

    The Abolitionists John F. Hume
British Dictionary definitions for unassuming

unassuming

/ˌʌnəˈsjuːmɪŋ/
adjective
1.
modest or unpretentious
Derived Forms
unassumingly, adverb
unassumingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unassuming
adj.

"unpretentious," 1726, from un- (1) "not" + infinitive of assume.

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