1. The state or quality of being moderate in the estimation of one's own abilities, accomplishments, or value.
2. Reserve or propriety in speech, dress, or behavior: Modesty prevented her from wearing that dress.
3. The state of being unostentatious or moderate in size, quantity, or range: the modesty of the room's furnishings.
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