modest

modest
mod•est
[[t]ˈmɒd ɪst[/t]] adj.
1) having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one's merits, importance, etc
2) free from ostentation:
a modest house[/ex]
3) having or showing regard for the decencies of behavior, speech, dress, etc
4) limited or moderate in amount, extent, etc
Etymology: 1555–65; < L modestus restrained, decorous =modes- (s. of *modus, akin to modus mode I) +-tus adj. suffix mod′est•ly, adv. syn: modest, demure, prudish suggest conformity to the recognized standards of propriety and good taste, as in speech, manner, dress, or attitude. modest implies a becoming humility and reserve, and a taste for things that are simple and refined: a successful, yet modest, executive. demure describes a subdued and proper manner, but often one that seems affected or insincere: a demure glance. prudish suggests an exaggerated propriety and an irritatingly self-righteous air: a prudish objection to an off-color remark.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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