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Definitions of deference

  1. a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. courteous regard for people's feelings; "in deference to your wishes"; "out of respect for his privacy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard; "his deference to her wishes was very flattering"; "be sure to give my respects to the dean" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. A yielding of judgment or preference from respect to the wishes or opinion of another; submission in opinion; regard; respect; complaisance. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A yielding to the opinions or wishes of another; regard; submission; respect. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Act of deferring; respectful submission. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. Deferential. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Respectful yielding; respect; regard. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Submission to the opinion or judgment of another; regard; respect. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. A yielding in opinion to another; regard; respect. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. Compliance with advice &c. of one superior in wisdom or position (pay &c. d. to); respect, manifestation of desire to comply, courteous regard, (in d. to, out of respect for authority of). So deferential a., deferentially adv. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  12. n. Regard; respect;- a yielding of judgment or preference from respect to the wishes or opinion of another; submission; complaisance. Cabinet Dictionary
  13. Regard, respect; complaisance, condescension; submission. Complete Dictionary

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