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1. Lacking pretension or affectation; modest: a talented but unpretentious musician; an unpretentious speech accepting the award.
2. Not elaborate, ornate, or ostentatious: an unpretentious bungalow. See Synonyms at plain.

un′pre·ten′tious·ly adv.
un′pre·ten′tious·ness n.
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Noun1.unpretentiousness - the quality of being natural and without pretensionsunpretentiousness - the quality of being natural and without pretensions
naturalness - the quality of being natural or based on natural principles; "he accepted the naturalness of death"; "the spontaneous naturalness of his manner"
pretentiousness, pretension, largeness - the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)


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His supreme unpretentiousness, his choice not to subject himself to the opinions of others, put me immediately at ease.
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