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Humble and not proud

humble

adjective

not proud and not thinking that you are better than other people

modest

adjective

a modest person does not like to talk about themselves, their achievements, or their abilities, even if they are successful

unassuming

adjective

behaving in a quiet and pleasant way, without trying to appear better or more important than other people

self-effacing

adjective

a self-effacing person does not want to be noticed by other people and tends not to talk about their abilities or achievements

unpretentious

adjective

not trying to impress people with money, style, intelligence, importance, etc

undemanding

adjective

not asking or expecting other people to help or to pay attention to you

low-profile

adjective

deliberately not attracting public attention

self-deprecating

adjective

showing that you think you are not very good or important

though/if I say it myself

used when you do not want to seem too proud of your own ability or achievement

modesty forbids/prevents me from doing something

used for saying that you do not want to talk about yourself, your achievements, or your abilities

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a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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