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[uhn-uh-soo-ming] /ˌʌn əˈsu mɪŋ/
modest; unpretentious.
Origin of unassuming
First recorded in 1720-30; un-1 + assuming
Related forms
unassumingly, adverb
unassumingness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unassumingly
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  • These virtues he wore modestly and unassumingly as an accustomed garment.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • "Good old Joe" we called him, because he was possessed of all the old-fashioned virtues, and unassumingly lived up to them.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • That evening found Selwood, quietly and unassumingly attired, examining the purlieus of Soho.

    The Herapath Property J. S. Fletcher
  • Unless you sat across the tea-table from him and now and then, while he quietly and unassumingly talked, met his eyes.

    Aurora the Magnificent Gertrude Hall
  • He goes along quietly and unassumingly, writes a couple of failures and then—bang!

    Nat Goodwin's Book Nat C. Goodwin
  • He is thoroughly dignified, and yet his manners are so unassumingly easy that one hardly notices them.

    The Mountains of Oregon William Gladstone Steel
  • He unassumingly disposed himself for a stay, examined the backs of several books, and acted altogether as if he were at home.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
British Dictionary definitions for unassumingly


modest or unpretentious
Derived Forms
unassumingly, adverb
unassumingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unassumingly



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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