not want to be/appear/sound etc - definition and synonyms

phrase spoken
  1. used for making what you are going to say seem less rude or extreme

    ‘I don’t want to seem rude,’ she said, ‘but I was hoping to travel on my own.’

    Without wanting to pry (=don’t think I am trying to ask personal questions, but), how long have you been going out with him?

See also main entry: want