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  1. reflecting a moderate or humble estimate of one’s merits, importance, etc.; not boastfully:He modestly puts all of his success down to timing.

  2. in a way that is free from showy extravagance; not ostentatiously:For a billionaire, he lives rather modestly in a home he bought decades ago.

  1. in a way that shows regard for decency in behavior, speech, dress, etc.:When visiting religious sites, avoid offense by dressing modestly: cover your shoulders, torsos, and thighs.

  2. within reasonable limits; moderately: A modestly priced economy car may be more appropriate for your teenage driver.

Origin of modestly


Other words from modestly

  • hy·per·mod·est·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·mod·est·ly, adverb
  • pseu·do·mod·est·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-mod·est·ly, adverb
  • su·per·mod·est·ly, adverb
  • un·mod·est·ly, adverb

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

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