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[uhn-pri-ten-shuh s] /ˌʌn prɪˈtɛn ʃəs/
not pretentious; modest; without ostentatious display; plain:
his unpretentious demeanor; an unpretentious summer resort.
Origin of unpretentious
1855-60; un-1 + pretentious
Related forms
unpretentiously, adverb
unpretentiousness, noun
humble, unpretending, plain, open, easy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Niono had given me his address, and I looked in at the curate's unpretentious lodgings one evening on my way home.

  • Decent, unpretentious folks, somewhat new, but with loads of money.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Fabrics became somber in color and unpretentious in texture.

  • It was a roomy two-storied house, unpretentious, but very capacious.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • A coachman, dressed in a neat but unpretentious black livery, sat upon the box, while a footman stood beside the carriage door.

    Pharos, The Egyptian Guy Newell Boothby
British Dictionary definitions for unpretentious


not making claim to distinction or importance undeservedly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unpretentious

1859, from un- (1) "not" + pretentious. Related: Unpretentiously; unpretentiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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