Definitions

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being moderate in price or expenditures
  • n. freedom from vanity or conceit

Etymologies

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Examples

  • All the things I once hated about her I now love - the diamond-shaped face, the weird teeth, the modestness of her physicality.

    Speaking of Susan Scott...

  • Bucket in the book is all-knowing, all-seeing - he continually sets the scene yet with a certain modestness of scope or at least affability.

    Bleak House

  • My several reminders of the modestness of my operation did not seem to daunt him, as he offered the support not only of his famous wife and children, but of the writers in his circle, such as his college mentor, one winner of the 1992 Booker Prize, and Lady Hayden-Guest.

    Cantara Christopher on publishing

  • And just the the modestness of people's standard of living there is a big surprise when you've heard of Japan's tremendous success.

    More Like Us: Making America Great Again

  • Every now and again I get a streak of modestness (it's a word!) … much like this one, with long pencil skirts, layers of cloth, hose, and heels … professionalism with flair.

    World of SL

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