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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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adj. - Lacking self-confidence; Showing modest reserve.

Usage examples (35)
  • This year we particularly want to encourage entries from for-profit service providers, who have seemed diffident about putting themselves forward.
  • Stood in the doorway diffident and abashed
  • She was diffident when offering a comment on the professor's lecture
  • The word diffident has appeared in 72 New York Times articles in the past year, including on Sept. 2 in How to Choose and for more
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