I am writing a testimonial. I am looking out for a word, preferably a noun, that means "the quality of disowning all the credits after success." Alternatively, I am okay with adjectives too. Words like humility and modesty do ring in my mind, but I am not sure if there is a more appropriate word.

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    You should add a sentence where this term would be used, something like "Despite the phenomenal success, blah, blah, ____ blah, blah." The blank space is where the word would be placed. However, it seems a bit odd a person who negates any form of praise or recognition in their success.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:12
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    "self-abnegation" comes to mind, but I would need a little more context... Jun 30, 2018 at 17:57

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As an adjective, a possibility is self-deprecatory:

expressing disparagement or undervaluation of oneself

In particular the undervaluation component, not necessarily disparagement.

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