Adjective "Modest" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Unassuming in the estimation of one's abilities or achievements.
  1. 'Butch was also modest about his playing ability.'
  2. 'Quiet, unassuming, modest, but they get the job done with no fuss.'
  3. 'He believed in raditional virtues - he was a man of the people, he was never high-handed about himself, he was often too modest about his achievements.'
  4. 'He was kind, generous and always modest about his achievements.'
  5. 'Adamson can be modest about his athletic ability because it's only one ingredient in his adventure-contest success.'
  6. 'He's quite modest about this fact, because he likes to think of himself as a humble slacker from the suburbs.'
  7. 'Despite her handiwork having decorated the entire village for many carnivals, Wendy remains modest about her achievement.'
  8. 'Though he was very modest about his business abilities, no one can deny the renown he has won as a mariner.'
  9. 'It is also little wonder that most serious scientists tend to be modest about their ability to forecast large-scale climate changes.'
  10. 'Why is he so modest about his own contribution to the process?'
(of an amount, rate, or level) relatively moderate, limited, or small.
  1. 'employment growth was relatively modest'
  2. 'By extension, adaptation theory should be able to tolerate at least modest amounts of correlation among fitness values.'
  3. 'My car has surprisingly poor traction, even in rather modest curves at moderate speeds.'
  4. 'If a relatively modest amount of money was spent now, the maintenance costs for the future would be no more than for a new building.'
  5. 'Some people who have not had a problem with alcohol use may be permitted by their doctor to use a modest amount of alcohol while taking one of the newer antidepressants.'
  6. 'He said it was accepted that spending would increase at modest rates.'
  7. 'Their boards give them stock options but in relatively modest amounts.'
  8. 'This reflected a trend in the 1920s for ‘a modest rate’ of increase in the number of companies producing group information.'
  9. 'Let's find the relatively modest amounts needed to fund things people want, and let's do it without chopping away at other programs with an axe.'
  10. '‘We would argue that the toll levels are being set at relatively modest levels,’ Tobin said.'
  11. 'A relatively modest amount of money could fund programs that would have a significant impact on smoking in Canada and allow those looking to quit to find help.'
  12. 'it was a nice wedding, necessarily modest'
  13. 'One, that someone could come from a very modest house, in a tiny little town of less than 200, and go to the very top in the United States.'
  14. 'On his books, this, well, rather modest house, is worth around $1.5 million.'
  15. 'My earliest memories are formed by two houses: a modest white one on the edge of an Orkney loch, and a larger pink one looking out across the Cromarty Firth.'
  16. 'The saving on a £200,000 property - a mansion in some parts of Scotland, a modest flat in others - would be £40,000.'
  17. 'Deep in the heart of New Malden, in a modest semi-detached house near the A3, lies an extraordinary assortment of show business treasures.'
  18. 'Born in Mede, he lived with his wife and children in a modest group of houses built in the traditional style and situated on the outskirts of the village.'
  19. 'He lives in a modest house in Wonosari, Surabaya.'
  20. 'There was no sign of forced entry and the chemical plant worker's fishing boat was parked outside the modest, one-story brick house.'
  21. 'Returning to her mother's modest beach house after decades of estrangement, she stops for a moment as she unpacks to listen to the pounding surf.'
  22. 'I got a modest little house and an old pickup truck.'
(of a woman) dressing or behaving so as to avoid impropriety or indecency, especially to avoid attracting sexual attention.
  1. 'Although tradition suggests that young Chinese women be modest, no signs of embarrassment or shyness can be read on the waitresses' faces.'
  2. 'Muriel, being the modest girl that she was, averted her eyes and blushed.'
  3. 'She tells him to find a pretty and modest girl whom he respects and to wait until he's through with college, because he's not half good enough for whoever the girl is.'
  4. 'Was I supposed to find something appropriately frilly and covered in sequins, or should I wear something demure and modest?'
  5. 'I had a plain t-shirt underneath and I am a modest girl.'
  6. 'Anne is unduly modest on her blog, but she is a long-standing author of Mills and Boon romances.'
  7. 'We see that one should look for a proper, modest woman to be his wife, in order to have an eternal loving relationship.'
  8. 'modest dress means that hemlines must be below the knee'
  9. 'And of course, modest dress is expected of women when they enter a temple.'
  10. 'Women on their own would be well advised not to travel outside of these areas and to comply with local sensibilities, particularly by wearing long sleeves and modest clothing in town areas.'
  11. 'And it didn't help any that she was probably wearing something that would make his grandmother faint underneath her deceptively modest robe.'
  12. 'But it felt so strange and unnatural to me that I wished nothing more than to be back in a modest dress.'
  13. 'She is not only modest in her dress, but in her actions and manners as well.'
  14. 'The dress was modest, a medium cut top, three quarter sleeve, tight bodice and a moderate skirt.'
  15. 'She was roughly five feet tall, dressed in a modest green gown, and holding on to a polished black cane.'
  16. 'I pulled out a modest peach dress and pulled it on.'
  17. 'My mother showed up dressed in a modest skirt and jacket along with my little brothers, Robert and Connor.'
  18. 'She was dressed in a modest suit, but looked approvingly at my dress.'


1. having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one's merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.

2. free from ostentation or showy extravagance: a modest house.

3. having or showing regard for the decencies of behavior, speech, dress, etc.; decent: a modest neckline on a dress.

4. limited or moderate in amount, extent, etc.: a modest increase in salary.

More examples(as adjective)

"volumes can be modest at shares."

"turnovers can be modest at pesos."

"volumes can be modest at lots."

"exports can be modest at tonnes."

"volumes can be modest at things."

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Mid 16th century: from French modeste, from Latin modestus ‘keeping due measure’, related to modus ‘measure’.