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[uhn-pri-ten-shuh s] /ˌʌn prɪˈtɛn ʃəs/
not pretentious; modest; without ostentatious display; plain:
his unpretentious demeanor; an unpretentious summer resort.
Origin of unpretentious
First recorded in 1855-60; un-1 + pretentious
Related forms
unpretentiously, adverb
unpretentiousness, noun
humble, unpretending, plain, open, easy. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unpretentious
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  • Decent, unpretentious folks, somewhat new, but with loads of money.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • It was a roomy two-storied house, unpretentious, but very capacious.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • unpretentious buildings they were, of wood or brick, one-story and rambling.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • Nor did it vary externally from any of its unpretentious neighbors.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • Something also it owed to its unpretentious yet practical and utilitarian character.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook
British Dictionary definitions for unpretentious


not making claim to distinction or importance undeservedly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unpretentious

1859, from un- (1) "not" + pretentious. Related: Unpretentiously; unpretentiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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