Modesty definition

mŏdĭ-stē
Reserve or propriety in speech, dress, or behavior.

Modesty prevented her from wearing that dress.

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The state or quality of being moderate in the estimation of one's own abilities, accomplishments, or value.
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The quality or state of being modest.
  • Unassuming or humble behavior.
  • Lack of excesses or pretensions; moderation.
  • Decency; decorum.
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The state of being unostentatious or moderate in size, quantity, or range.

The modesty of the room's furnishings.

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Modesty is defined as the act of showing reserve in behavior or clothes.

An example of modesty is when you are a great violin player and you simply say "I enjoy playing" when someone asks you if you are any good or not.

An example of modesty is when you wear a shirt over your bathing suit because you don't want to show off too much of your body.

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Moderate behaviour; reserve.
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(specifically) Pudency, prudish avoidance of sexual explicitness.
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The quality of being modest; having a limited and not overly high opinion of oneself and one's abilities.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
modesty
Plural:
modesties

Origin of modesty

  • From modest + -y.

    From Wiktionary