modest

A person is modest if he or she is very successful but does not call attention to this.

Modest generally means "big enough but not huge" — like a modest house or a modest income. An ambitious person will not be satisfied with modest progress. Around the turn of the 17th century, modest referred to proper or decent dress and behavior especially in women. Although this is considered dated today, modest is still used for people who are shy about showing their body. If you are modest, you might wear your t-shirt when you swim.

DEFINITIONS OF: modest

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adj marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself

“a modest apartment”
“too modest to wear his medals”
Synonyms
retiring, unassuming
not arrogant or presuming
humble
marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful
Antonyms:
immodest
having or showing an exaggerated opinion of your importance, ability, etc
domineering
tending to domineer
important
having or suggesting a consciousness of high position
overweening, uppity
presumptuously arrogant
proud
feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride
disrespectful
exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous
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adj humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness

Synonyms:
meek, mild
humble
marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful

adj not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance

Synonyms
decent
conforming to conventions of sexual behavior
coy, demure, overmodest
affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way
decent
observing conventional sexual mores in speech or behavior or dress
decent
decently clothed
shamefaced
extremely modest or shy
Antonyms:
immodest
offending against sexual mores in conduct or appearance
indecent
offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters
indecent
offending against sexual mores in conduct or appearance
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adj not large but sufficient in size or amount

“a modest salary”
modest inflation”
Synonyms:
small
moderate
being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme

adj limited in size or scope

“a newspaper with a modest circulation”
Synonyms:
minor, pocket-size, pocket-sized, small, small-scale
limited
small in range or scope

adj free from pomp or affectation

“comfortable but modest cottages”
Synonyms
unpretentious
lacking pretension or affectation

adj low or inferior in station or quality

“a modest man of the people”
Synonyms:
humble, low, lowly, small
inferior
of or characteristic of low rank or importance
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