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Definitions of deference

  1. courteous regard for people's feelings; "in deference to your wishes"; "out of respect for his privacy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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.
  3. Act of deferring; respectful submission. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. Deferential. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. Respectful yielding; respect; regard. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Submission to the opinion or judgment of another; regard; respect. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. A yielding in opinion to another; regard; respect. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for deference

  1. The deference which Virgil and Horace might pay to the genius of early Greece was not due to the shadow of that genius as it existed in their own time. – The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age: Virgil by W. Y. Sellar
  2. " Oh, no," Mrs. Daymond laughed; " it is not out of deference to me. – A Venetian June by Anna Fuller
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