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modesty

noun [U] uk   /ˈmɒd.ɪ.sti/ us    /ˈmɑː.dɪ-/

modesty noun [U] (QUIET SUCCESS)

approving the quality of not talking about or not trying to make people notice your abilities and achievements: She does a lot of work for charities, but her modesty forbids her from talking about it. in all modesty approving said when you want to say something good about yourself, but do not want to seem to think you are too important: Quite frankly, and in all modesty, we'd probably have lost the game if I hadn't been playing.

modesty noun [U] (CLOTHES/BEHAVIOUR)

old-fashioned the quality, in women, of dressing or behaving in a way that is intended to avoid attracting sexual interest
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