Humility is a difficult word to define in a modern context, similar to how pride has multiple meanings.
The dictionary definition of humility, via Google, leans heavily on the meaning of its root word, humble: a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.
If you look at Merriam-Webster, the definition for humility actually gets more explicit in drawing a contrast with pride: freedom from pride or arrogance : the quality or state of being humble.
But even this second definition doesn’t capture the more evolved, nuanced definition of humility that I have come to understand and use.
For that, I’ll reference the definition that Ed Hess and Katherine Ludwig use in their book Humility is the New Smart:
Now, you might say that such a definition expands the meaning of the word too far beyond how it’s actually defined, but I think that’s the fault of the overly simplistic dictionary definitions.
This definition is actually much more useful and accurate given how the term humility has come to be used in a modern context.