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What is the opposite of bold?

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Adjective
(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 showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks
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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 conspicuously or obviously bad, wrong or offensive
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Opposite of willing, or inclined, to take chances or risks
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Opposite of having an adventurous spirit in the pursuit of one's goals
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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 able to be seen
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Opposite of spirited or plucky
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Opposite of impudent or cheeky in manner or nature
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Opposite of enterprising and progressive, showing leadership in one's domain
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Opposite of bold or brazen in one's approach or behavior
“We have much to be thoroughly ashamed of if, in troth, we bear the burdens of one another.”
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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
“He planned an operation requiring covert surveillance to arrest several suspects.”
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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