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modest (adj.)

1560s, "having moderate self-regard, restrained by a sense of propriety or humility," from French modeste (14c.), from Latin modestus "moderate, keeping due measure, sober, gentle, temperate," from modus "measure, manner" (from PIE root *med- "take appropriate measures"). Of women, "not improper or lewd, pure in thought and conduct," 1590s; of female attire, "not gaudy or showy," 1610s. Of demands, etc., "not excessive or extreme," c. 1600. Related: Modestly.

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Definitions of modest from WordNet

modest (adj.)
marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself;
a modest apartment
too modest to wear his medals
modest (adj.)
not large but sufficient in size or amount;
modest inflation
a modest salary
Synonyms: small
modest (adj.)
free from pomp or affectation;
comfortable but modest cottages
modest (adj.)
not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance;
a modest neckline in her dress covered her up to her collarbone
modest (adj.)
low or inferior in station or quality;
a modest man of the people
Synonyms: humble / low / lowly / small
modest (adj.)
humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness;
Synonyms: meek / mild
modest (adj.)
relatively moderate, limited, or small;
a newspaper with a modest circulation
Synonyms: minor / small / small-scale / pocket-size / pocket-sized
From wordnet.princeton.edu