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unassuming

[uhn-uh-soo-ming] /ˌʌn əˈsu mɪŋ/
adjective
1.
modest; unpretentious.
Origin of unassuming
1720-1730
First recorded in 1720-30; un-1 + assuming
Related forms
unassumingly, adverb
unassumingness, noun
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Examples from the Web for unassuming
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  • His manner is affable and unassuming, and his disposition kindly.

  • The uniform of these riders of the western plains was unassuming.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • He is sincere, and he is unassuming, a good friend, and a tolerant enemy.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • I believe they are always natural, and unassuming, and sincere.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • Mrs de Barral was an equable, unassuming woman, at that time.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for unassuming

unassuming

/ˌʌnəˈsjuːmɪŋ/
adjective
1.
modest or unpretentious
Derived Forms
unassumingly, adverb
unassumingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unassuming
adj.

"unpretentious," 1726, from un- (1) "not" + infinitive of assume.

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