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Definition 1: not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where modest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a modest neckline in her dress covered her up to her collarbone

(modest is similar to ...) affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way

(modest is similar to ...) observing conventional sexual mores in speech or behavior or dress

"though one of her shoulder straps had slipped down, she was perfectly decent by current standards"

(modest is similar to ...) sufficiently clothed to see visitors or appear in public

"are you decent?"

(modest is similar to ...) extremely modest or shy

"cheerfully bearing reproaches but shamefaced at praise"

(means also ...) conforming to conventions of sexual behavior

"speech in this circle, if not always decent, never became lewd"

(... are attributes of modest) freedom from vanity or conceit

Definition 2: marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where modest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a modest apartment
  • too modest to wear his medals

(modest is similar to ...) not arrogant or presuming

"unassuming to a fault, skeptical about the value of his work" "a shy retiring girl"

(means also ...) marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful

"a humble apology" "essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions"

Definition 3: humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where modest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • meek and self-effacing

Synonyms for modest in the sense of this definition

(modest is similar to ...) marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful

"a humble apology" "essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions"

Definition 4: low or inferior in station or quality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where modest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a humble cottage
  • a lowly parish priest
  • a modest man of the people
  • small beginnings

Synonyms for modest in the sense of this definition

(modest is similar to ...) of or characteristic of low rank or importance

Definition 5: relatively moderate, limited, or small - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where modest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a small business
  • a newspaper with a modest circulation
  • small-scale plans
  • a pocket-size country

Synonyms for modest in the sense of this definition

(modest is similar to ...) small in range or scope

"limited war" "a limited success" "a limited circle of friends"

Definition 6: not large but sufficient in size or amount - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where modest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a modest salary
  • modest inflation
  • helped in my own small way

Synonyms for modest in the sense of this definition

(modest is similar to ...) being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme

"moderate prices" "a moderate income" "a moderate fine" "moderate demands" "a moderate estimate" "a moderate eater" "moderate success" "a kitchen of moderate size" "the X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart"

Definition 7: free from pomp or affectation - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where modest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • comfortable but modest cottages
  • a simple rectangular brick building
  • a simple man with simple tastes

(modest is similar to ...) lacking pretension or affectation

"an unpretentious country church" "her quiet unpretentious demeanor"

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