Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a modest manner; with due reserve, propriety, or decorum; unobtrusively; delicately; moderately: as, to speak modestly of one's achievements; to behave, dress, or live modestly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a modest manner.

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  • adverb In a modest manner.

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

  • adverb with modesty; in a modest manner

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Examples

  • [Illustration] _The Real Japan_ is the title modestly given by Mr. HENRY NORMAN to his book published by FISHER UNWIN.

    Punch, Or The London Charivari, Volume 102, January 23, 1892

  • It is not a connected and systematic biography; it omits many points of interest, especially the steps of his early successes and mental development; but it is the brightest conceivable picture of himself and his surroundings -- "scenes and thoughts perhaps worthy of memory," as the title modestly puts it -- told with inimitable ease and graphic power.

    The Life of John Ruskin

  • It is not a connected and systematic biography; it omits many points of interest, especially the steps of his early successes and mental development; but it is the brightest conceivable picture of himself and his surroundings ” “scenes and thoughts perhaps worthy of memory,” as the title modestly puts it ” told with inimitable ease and graphic power.

    The Life of John Ruskin

  • An apt description of several Wolverhampton Wanderers performances to date this season and garments available in modestly priced twin packs from the Molineux megastore.

    Five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend

  • Citigroup, J.P. Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley saw their shares gain modestly, by between about 4% and 6%, clipped by uncertainty over new rules from U.S. and global banking regulators.

    Banks Lose Their Post as Drivers of Rally

  • WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Happening now: something President Obama hasn't gotten to do very often, applaud a jobs report he calls modestly encouraging.

    CNN Transcript Dec 4, 2009

  • That's up modestly from a turnout rate of 39.7% in the last midterm election, he said.

    Combative races drew voters in large numbers

  • He most warmly asserts the spiritual nature of man, and the immortality of the soul, and its capacity for attaining religious truth; yet he shrinks modestly from the task of accurately defining the faculties of the mind.

    Archive 2003-05-01

  • He most warmly asserts the spiritual nature of man, and the immortality of the soul, and its capacity for attaining religious truth; yet he shrinks modestly from the task of accurately defining the faculties of the mind.

    Women's Sphere of Influence on Civilization (1837)

  • Signor Giovanni Maselli, since that was the name modestly displayed on No. Twelve's card in the hall beneath, closed the door carefully.

    The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley

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