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 for modest
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Modest \Mod"est\, a. [F. modeste, L. modestus, fr. modus
     measure. See Mode.]
     1. Restraining within due limits of propriety; not forward,
        bold, boastful, or presumptious; rather retiring than
        pushing one's self forward; not obstructive; as, a modest
        youth; a modest man.
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     2. Observing the proprieties of the sex; not unwomanly in act
        or bearing; free from undue familiarity, indecency, or
        lewdness; decent in speech and demeanor; -- said of a
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              Mrs. Ford, the honest woman, the modest wife.
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              The blushing beauties of a modest maid. --Dryden.
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     3. Evincing modestly in the actor, author, or speaker; not
        showing presumption; not excessive or extreme; moderate;
        as, a modest request; modest joy.
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     Syn: Reserved; unobtrusive; diffident; bashful; coy; shy;
          decent; becoming; chaste; virtuous.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of
             yourself; "a modest apartment"; "too modest to wear his
             medals" [ant: immodest]
      2: not large but sufficient in size or amount; "a modest
         salary"; "modest inflation"; "helped in my own small way"
         [syn: modest, small]
      3: free from pomp or affectation; "comfortable but modest
         cottages"; "a simple rectangular brick building"; "a simple
         man with simple tastes"
      4: not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance [ant:
      5: low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage"; "a
         lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small
         beginnings" [syn: humble, low, lowly, modest,
      6: humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or
         even cowed submissiveness; "meek and self-effacing" [syn:
         meek, mild, modest]
      7: limited in size or scope; "a small business"; "a newspaper
         with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket-
         size country" [syn: minor, modest, small, small-
         scale, pocket-size, pocket-sized]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  221 Moby Thesaurus words for "modest":
     Olympian, aloof, altruistic, backward, bashful, becoming,
     betwixt and between, blank, boggling, budget, cheap, chilled,
     chilly, clean, cold, committed, common, consecrated, constrained,
     cool, coy, decent, decorous, dedicated, delicate, demeaning,
     demure, demurring, detached, devoted, diffident, disadvantaged,
     discreet, disinterested, distant, dry, dull, easy, economic,
     economy, elegant, expressionless, fair, fair to middling, fairish,
     faltering, forbidding, frigid, frosty, frugal, guarded, hesitant,
     hesitating, homely, humble, humble-looking, humble-visaged,
     humblest, icy, immaculate, impassive, impersonal, in the shade,
     inaccessible, inconspicuous, indifferent, inexpensive, inferior,
     infra dig, inglorious, innocuous, insipid, introverted, junior,
     lackluster, least, less, lesser, limited, low, low-priced, lower,
     lowest, lowliest, lowly, manageable, mean, mediocre, medium, meek,
     middling, minor, moderate, namby-pamby, nice, nominal, of a kind,
     of a sort, of sorts, offish, ordinary, passable, plain, poor,
     priggish, prim, prissy, proper, prudish, pure, puritanical,
     qualmish, reasonable, reluctant, remote, removed, repressed,
     reserved, respectable, restrained, restricted, reticent, retiring,
     sacrificing, scrupulous, second rank, second string, secondary,
     seemly, self-abasing, self-abnegating, self-abnegatory,
     self-conscious, self-denying, self-devoted, self-effacing,
     self-forgetful, self-immolating, self-neglectful, self-neglecting,
     self-renouncing, self-sacrificing, self-unconscious, selfless,
     sensible, servile, shabby, shoddy, shrinking, shy, silent, simple,
     small, so-so, spotless, squeamish, stainless, standoff,
     standoffish, stickling, straitlaced, stuffy, sub, subaltern,
     subdued, subject, subordinate, subservient, suppressed, teachable,
     tedious, temperate, third rank, third string, timid, timorous,
     token, tolerable, unacquisitive, unaffable, unambitious,
     unapproachable, unaspiring, unassertive, unassuming, unassured,
     unblemished, unboastful, uncongenial, undefiled, undemonstrative,
     underprivileged, understated, undistinguished, unelaborate,
     unembellished, unexaggerated, unexceptional, unexpansive,
     unexpensive, ungenial, unimportant, unimposing, unobtrusive,
     unornamented, unostentatious, unpossessive, unpresuming,
     unpresumptuous, unpretending, unpretentious, unselfish,
     unsparing of self, unsullied, vapid, vulgar, wishy-washy,
     withdrawing, withdrawn, within means, worth the money

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