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Definition of "deference" []

  • Submission or courteous yielding to the opinion, wishes, or judgment of another. (noun)
  • Courteous respect. See Synonyms at honor. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "deference" in a sentence
  • "The first kind of deference is relatively uncontroversial, I suspect."
  • "They asked for US help for missile defense, and were told to shove it, in deference Russia."
  • "So I use the word savages with some hesitation, in deference to the people who may, somewhere, be still running around in loin cloths and eating raw meat, and who suffer by the comparison."