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modesty

noun [U]  /ˈmɑd·ə·sti/ us  

modesty noun [U] (CORRECTNESS)

correct or socially acceptable behavior and clothes, representing traditional cultural values: Modesty is expected in the dorms as well as in the classrooms.

modesty noun [U] (QUIET SUCCESS)

the tendency not to talk about or make obvious your own abilities and achievements: Sosa’s modesty and sportsmanship made him a fan favorite.
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