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English definition of “diffident”


adjective     /ˈdɪfɪdənt/
shy and without any confidence : a diffident young manShy and modestAnxious and worried
diffidence     /ˈdɪfɪdəns/ noun [U]
(Definition of diffident adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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