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adjective     humble pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    not proud and not thinking that you are better than other people

    He was a genuinely humble man.

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  2. 2
    from a low social class
    humble beginnings/origins/background:

    He had risen from humble origins to amass immense wealth.

  3. 3
    simple and with only basic equipment or features

    They lived in a humble two-roomed apartment.

  4. 4
    [only before noun] very common or old-fashioned but still useful or important

    The humble potato is the most versatile vegetable in the supermarket.

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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