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Meaning & Definition of Deference in English

English

Deference

/dɛfərəns/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • deference
  • ,
  • respect

2. Courteous regard for people's feelings

  • "In deference to your wishes"
  • "Out of respect for his privacy"
    synonym:
  • deference
  • ,
  • respect
  • ,
  • respectfulness

3. A disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others

    synonym:
  • complaisance
  • ,
  • compliance
  • ,
  • compliancy
  • ,
  • obligingness
  • ,
  • deference