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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
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  • IT is an unpretentious house down a private lane, out of sight of the road.
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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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