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mod·est / ˈmädəst/ • adj. 1. unassuming or moderate in the estimation of one's abilities or achievements: he was a very modest man, refusing to take any credit for the enterprise.2. (of an amount, rate, or level of something) relatively moderate, limited, or small: drink modest amounts of alcohol | employment growth was relatively modest. ∎  (of a place in which one lives, eats, or stays) not excessively large, elaborate, or expensive: we had bought a modest house.3. (of a woman) dressing or behaving so as to avoid impropriety or indecency, esp. to avoid attracting sexual attention. ∎  (of clothing) not revealing or emphasizing the figure: modest dress means that hemlines must be below the knee.DERIVATIVES: mod·est·ly adv.