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unpretentious

[uhn-pri-ten-shuh s] /ˌʌn prɪˈtɛn ʃəs/
adjective
1.
not pretentious; modest; without ostentatious display; plain:
his unpretentious demeanor; an unpretentious summer resort.
Origin of unpretentious
1855-1860
1855-60; un-1 + pretentious
Related forms
unpretentiously, adverb
unpretentiousness, noun
Synonyms
humble, unpretending, plain, open, easy.
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  • Niono had given me his address, and I looked in at the curate's unpretentious lodgings one evening on my way home.

  • He was incomparably simple and unpretentious; they found his presence comfortable.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • Fabrics became somber in color and unpretentious in texture.

  • St. Alban's Church is an unpretentious building at the north end.

    Holborn and Bloomsbury Sir Walter Besant
  • A coachman, dressed in a neat but unpretentious black livery, sat upon the box, while a footman stood beside the carriage door.

    Pharos, The Egyptian Guy Newell Boothby
British Dictionary definitions for unpretentious

unpretentious

/ˌʌnprɪˈtɛnʃəs/
adjective
1.
not making claim to distinction or importance undeservedly
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Word Origin and History for unpretentious
adj.

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

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