from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not presuming; modest; humble; unpretentious.

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  • adjective Not presumptious; unpretentious; simple; humble.


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  • It all ended up being way, way neater than I expected, despite its unpresuming appearance.

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  • She was slighted by her father and the servants, and bullied by her brother; and was only just enabled, by humble, unpresuming disposition, to carry on her tedious life from year to year without grumbling.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • In a little unpresuming building in Marietta, Georgia lies the weirdest four hours of a Friday night you will ever spend.

    Escaping reality

  • Of those, the one in which I had taken up my present residence was amongst the best; though its exterior was so unpresuming, that I was inclined to give Mordecai, or rather his gay heiress, credit for humility, or perhaps for the refinement of striking their visiters with the contrast between its simplicity of exterior and richness of decoration within.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 333, July 1843

  • They are always kind and considerate, provided only these persons possess that unpresuming quietude of manner, which makes up a considerable part of that character they delight in, and which they call _safe_.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 53, No. 327, January, 1843

  • It was a marvel that she was not more spoiled by all this; but she was naturally modest and unpresuming, and would have made a fine and valuable character had she been brought up to _shine_, and not merely to _glitter_.

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  • To be sure, when I first knew her, she had rather a high and mighty way with her, at which some people took offence, calling her proud and disdainful; but those whom she wished to please never failed to like her; and I used to observe she seldom put on any of her lofty airs when she spoke to unpresuming people, especially if they were poor or in humble circumstances.

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  • Their captain was a young man of great worth, and of such unpresuming manners that he gave universal satisfaction.

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  • Before the war one hardly ever heard of that class, mother used to say, it was so humble and unpresuming – but in the last twenty-five or thirty years it has overrun everything and most of the land about here has passed into its possession.

    The Miller of Old Church

  • "Waddles is a right unpresuming sort of a man in most respects," Evans volunteered as they entered the cookhouse.

    The Settling of the Sage


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