Meaning of modest

mod•est

Pronunciation: (mod'ist), [key]
— adj.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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