Definition of "deferential" []

  • Marked by or exhibiting deference. (adjective)
  • Marked by or showing deference or respect; respectful (adjective)

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Use "deferential" in a sentence
  • "The word deferential seems like a negative for me, as though she was telling me I was passive, too quiet or not as strong as other supervisors."
  • "She composed her features into what she hoped was an expression of deferential alertness."
  • "He reached forward and, head bowed in deferential respect, he made so as to lift the holy book, and it yielded to his purity and righteousness, and opened for him."