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  • They changed their strategy in deference to the President’s wishes.
  • Out of deference for the Hindu visitors, they did not serve beef.
  • In their culture, people are respectful of each other’s feelings and are especially deferential towards the elderly.
  • She gets deferential treatment because she is so well known for giving $100 tips.

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  • He said now in a low deferential voice:
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • He had the respect of everyone, and he was treated with deference in his evening practices.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Anatole held his tongue, in deference to my family.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • "Oh, if you say so, Mr. Jones, it is all right," said the stranger with deference.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • even as a boy I knew God was all-powerful because of Mommy’s utter deference to Him, and also because...
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • with less internal deference than he made an outward show of
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities

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  • PARRIS, as soon as the door begins to open: "No-no, I cannot have anyone."
    He sees her, and a certain deference springs into him, although his worry remains.
    "Why, Goody Putnam, come in."
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • With all the deference my young, arrogant self could muster, I said...
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Then came voices—the conductor’s, deferential, apologetic; and a woman’s, insistent and voluble.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • ... and to them, mitigated speech from a pilot doesn’t mean the speaker is being appropriately deferential to a superior.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The only one who resisted, the only one who said the word without the proper deference was Tita, which had earned her plenty of slaps.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • His face assumes a deferential expression and he gestures broadly toward an entrance on the opposite side.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • "Charming, charming," murmured the Director and, giving her two or three little pats, received in exchange a rather deferential smile for himself.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • the men nearby were backed off in deference
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • I do not, of course, see why it could not have been the west wind at the start and have changed direction during the night, but in the end I compromised in deference to the established view.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • They all laugh except MAMA, out of deference to TRAVIS’ feelings.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • doffed his cap, bowed low and spoke with mock deference: "Yessuh."
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Moving from parapet to moat ... keeping clear, in deference to his mother, he halted and gave tongue.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • He greeted his new guests with a proud bearing and an obvious deference to their infinite and unknown possibilities.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • "You must have been very slow about it, Jacob," Scrooge observed, in a business-like manner, though with humility and deference.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • [of England:]  I was impressed, too, with the deference that the servants show to their "masters" and "mistresses,"—terms which I suppose would not be tolerated in America.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • The man stood at his bed and took off his hat as though in deference to some wounded hero.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • He could have wept with gratitude that she was deferential to him.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
    Deferential, glad to be of use,
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • With all deference, sir, I am not here to answer questions, but to make a personal statement, and I have concluded it.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • It was copied everywhere without the slightest deference to copyright.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • Pedrito and I could always swear we knew nothing about these meetings.
    It was a problem when Nelson was home from school. He’d go out there, eager to take part in whatever his uncles were plotting. In deference to me, I’m sure, they kept him at a distance.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • She had altered her values in deference to the opinion of others.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • with eyes cast at a deferential angle
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • BRADY lowers his head slightly, in gracious deference to procedure.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • Only Reba, with her light pimply skin and deferential manner, looked as though her simplicity might also be vacuousness.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • he listened to her with a sombre deference in which she found much to admire.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • I was horrified, too, but there was something pleasant about a guy so despicable that he wouldn’t treat us deferentially.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • they conducted themselves calmly and quietly as they seated themselves deferentially before the desk,
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • He gets out of her way deferentially and apologizes.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • They watched him cross the lobby, touch Mrs. Brant’s elbow deferentially,
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Everyone was staring curiously, yet deferentially, at the foreigners.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • As Nippers, looking very sour and sulky, was departing, Turkey blandly and deferentially approached.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • comes deferentially
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • No sooner did the Commander observe who it was that deferentially stood awaiting his notice, than a peculiar expression came over him.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • He bowed slightly, intending it also for K., and then went over to Miss Montag and deferentially kissed her hand.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • The man smiled and inclined his head deferentially toward Max and David.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • He held his hands up in deference, slowly got to his feet.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • I find ugly women are usually overly deferential or incredibly rude.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Luke, Jocelyn, Raphael, Meliorn, and Magnus were eating from plates of polished mahogany; the decanters were crystal, and the cutlery—in deference to both Luke and the faeries present—was made not from silver or iron but from delicate saplings.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Their deference to Mae felt awkward.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
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