What is the opposite of bold?

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(timid) Opposite of willing, or inclined, to take chances or risks
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“After looking down, he became too timid to carry on with the climb.”
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(cautious) Opposite of willing, or inclined, to take chances or risks
“He was cautious with his words, mindful of not offending the audience.”
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(shy) Opposite of marked by, or displaying, a boldness of character
“I was too shy to read in class without my heart thumping nervously.”
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(modest) Opposite of marked by, or displaying, a boldness of character
“He was an unassuming and extraordinarily modest young man, who disliked being in the public eye.”
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Opposite of showy, bold or audacious in behavior or appearance
“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 so steep as to be almost vertical
“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 spirited or plucky
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Opposite of impertinent, or not showing due respect
“All children were taught to be respectful to their parents and grandparents.”
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Opposite of able to be seen
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Opposite of having or showing initiative and resourcefulness
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Opposite of willing, or inclined, to take chances or risks
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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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Opposite of conspicuously or obviously bad, wrong or 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
“For those who want to keep their grilling simple and fun, Weber has just released two new cookbooks filled with quick and easy recipes.”
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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