modest modest  /ˈmɑ dəst/


  1. (adj) marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself
  2. (adj) not large but sufficient in size or amount
  3. (adj) free from pomp or affectation
  4. (adj) not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance
  5. (adj) low or inferior in station or quality
  6. (adj) humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
  7. (adj) limited in size or scope



  1. Joe RaedleGetty For the most recent period, revenue at the coffee shop company was down a modest 7.
  2. But doctors usually have more modest goals, tempered by their patients' experience and by concerns about health over vanity.


  1. US wholesale stockpiles advance modest 0.2 percent in April, while sales rise 0.5 percent

    US wholesale stockpiles advance modest 0.2 percent in April, while sales rise 0.5 percent.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Bank Of France Sees Modest Growth In Q2

    The French economy is set to witness modest growth in the second quarter, after entering recession in the first three months of the year, the Bank of France said on Monday.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: RTT News

  3. Texas Petro Index shows stability, modest growth

    Stable crude oil prices, modest gains in drilling rig counts and a growing number of drilling permits added up to modest growth in Texas oil and gas activity as measured by the Texas Petro Index for the first four months of the year. The index, a measure of upstream economic indicators prepared for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers by economist Karr Ingham, shows oil and gas exploration and ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: San Antonio Express-News


  1. "The Supreme Court is a wondrous institution. But the time I spent in the other branches of government remind me that it must also be a modest one," Kagan is set to say, according to an advance text released by the White House.
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Elena Kagan Source: The Associated Press

  2. "Under Senator Obama's tax plan, Americans of every background would see their taxes rise : seniors, parents, small business owners, and just about everyone who has even a modest investment in the market," said McCain, the presumptive GOP...
    on Jun 10, 2008 By: John McCain Source: USA Today

  3. Helen Clark, the New Zealand prime minister, said: "Sir Ed described himself as an average New Zealander with modest abilities. In reality, he was a colossus. He was a heroic figure who not only 'knocked off' Everest but lived a life of...
    on Jan 10, 2008 By: Helen Clark Source:

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