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 (ŭn-ŏs′tĕn-tā′shəs, -tən-)
Not ostentatious; unpretentious: an unostentatious office.

un·os′ten·ta′tious·ly adv.
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1. (of a person) in a manner that is not trying to impress people with one's wealth or importance
2. (of an action) in a manner that is not done in an exaggerated way to get people's attention
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for recreation--and unostentatiously, as becomes our unofficial
"We are a handful of private citizens of America, traveling simply for recreation,--and unostentatiously, as becomes our unofficial state--and therefore, we have no excuse to tender for presenting ourselves before your Majesty--"
Grimy sailors came down out of the foretop placidly announcing themselves as "a handful of private citizens of America, traveling simply for recreation and unostentatiously," etc.; the coal passers moved to their duties in the profound depths of the ship, explaining the blackness of their faces and their uncouthness of dress, with the reminder that they were "a handful of private citizens, traveling simply for recreation," etc., and when the cry rang through the vessel at midnight: "EIGHT BELLS!--LARBOARD WATCH, TURN OUT!" the larboard watch came gaping and stretching out of their den, with the everlasting formula: "Aye-aye, sir!
They followed their leader singly, and in that well-known order which has obtained the distinguishing appellation of "Indian file." Unlike other men engaged in the spirit-stirring business of war, they stole from their camp unostentatiously and unobserved resembling a band of gliding specters, more than warriors seeking the bubble reputation by deeds of desperate daring.
We re-entered the harbour very quietly as usual and when our craft had been moored unostentatiously amongst the plebeian stone-carriers, Dominic, whose grim joviality had subsided in the last twenty-four hours of our homeward run, abandoned me to myself as though indeed I had been a doomed man.
But to blockade and watch a coastline is one thing, to blockade and watch the whole surface of a country is another, and cruisers and privateers are things that take long to make, that cannot be packed up and hidden and carried unostentatiously from point to point.
Justice should be speedy just as shown in this serial, I insisted in my mind, but today's media has the power of evolving the shape of our thoughts and that, too, unostentatiously.
The most fascinating aspect of The 15:17 to Paris is the way it's set, quite naturally and unostentatiously, in an overlooked America which most Hollywood films either ignore or treat as incredibly exotic.
It is probably true to say that no government-sponsored expedition to the Antarctic ever set forth from its country of origin so unostentatiously as Operation Tabarin had in 1943 because our entire mission was shrouded in secrecy.
Her supremely elegant dancers were unostentatiously clad, discarding the ornate floorlength ghaghra that hid footwork, and the tika (hair ornament) that often went awry during the vigorous movements that characterized Kathak.
Baxter and Me unostentatiously mixes Leahy's various filmmaking tendencies towards documentary, personal reflection, fictive reconstruction and daily chronicle.
Their customs should ideally be abandoned, but if they can't be, they should be followed privately and unostentatiously. Otherwise why choose to live in a country historically based on a certain way of life?