What is the opposite of bold?

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Opposite of feeling or displaying no fear by temperament
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“After looking down, he became too timid to carry on with the climb.”
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Opposite of feeling or displaying no fear by temperament
“He was cautious with his words, mindful of not offending the audience.”
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Opposite of displaying or marked by rude boldness
“I was too shy to read in class without my heart thumping nervously.”
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Opposite of displaying or marked by rude boldness
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“He was an unassuming and extraordinarily modest young man, who disliked being in the public eye.”
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Opposite of likely to attract attention
“The details were inconspicuous, but mastered in their craft.”
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(typography) Opposite of of a kind of typeface having dark, heavy strokes, used especially for emphasis
“Keep the paragraphs in a light, sans serif font for easy readability.”
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Opposite of having an incline approaching the perpendicular
“There is a gradual slope for the less advanced skiers on the other side of this mountain.”
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Opposite of clearly perceptible or self-explanatory
“Vision of the elusive bigfoot was unclear and inconclusive.”
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Opposite of having or displaying resolve
“I have my doubts that you are going to succeed because you seem like a very weak-willed person.”
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Opposite of boldly self-assured
“The barbarians were subdued and became submissive to the enchantress' whims.”
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(of clothing, decorations, etc.) Opposite of having tastelessly contrasting colors or patterns
“I wore a tasteful dress to the reception so as to adhere to wedding guest etiquette.”
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Opposite of having or showing initiative and resourcefulness
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Opposite of impudent or cheeky
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Opposite of ambitious or difficult to achieve
“Tom has set himself the achievable goal of earning a black belt in karate within five years.”
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(of an action considered wrong or immoral) Opposite of conspicuously or obviously offensive
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(of color) Opposite of vivid and bold
“The artist had a penchant for using dull colors to play down the texture and tone of his subject matter.”
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(of a plan or piece of work) Opposite of difficult to achieve, requiring great effort or ability
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Opposite of able to be perceived or noticed easily
“The clarity of a diamond is invisible to the naked eye.”
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Opposite of behaving or done in a determined and forceful way
“His argument, both weak and unpersuasive, was met with silence from the audience.”
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Opposite of not showing weakness or uncertainty
“His nervousness was apparent when he spoke with a shaky voice.”
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Opposite of honest or blunt
Verb
(typography) Opposite of to make a typeface have a thicker or heavier stroke
“I can't read any of this until you narrow the typeface.”
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