[ huhm-buhl-nis, uhm- ]
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  1. the quality or state of being modest and lacking in pride or arrogance:We need to teach a different kind of leadership, one where humbleness is more important than confidence.

  2. the quality or state of being or feeling low in rank, importance, status, worth, etc:We observed the humbleness of the local homes, but also the hard-working ethic of the people who lived in them.

  1. the quality or state of being courteously respectful:Respect and humbleness will get you far in dealing with people from other places and cultures.

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Origin of humbleness


Other words from humbleness

  • o·ver·hum·ble·ness, noun
  • un·hum·ble·ness, noun

Words Nearby humbleness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use humbleness in a sentence

  • I was immediately drawn in by his lack of pretense and humbleness.

  • The farmer bowed his head with that bitter humbleness which characterized his reception of the dealings of Providence toward him.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete | George Meredith
  • He told with a homely and convincing force, yet with modesty and humbleness, of his experiences and conversion.

    The Code of the Mountains | Charles Neville Buck
  • It is for this reason that we need teachers after we are sanctified, and to this end we are exhorted to humbleness of mind.

  • She received me cordially, and I at once laid all the facts before her and—with an entirely sincere humbleness—asked her advice.

    The Book of Susan | Lee Wilson Dodd
  • Hush thy heart in the humbleness of awe, that its mirror may reflect as serenely the shadow as the light.

    Lucretia, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton