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Definition polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
  • They changed their strategy in deference to the President's wishes.
deference = respect
  • Out of deference for the Hindu visitors, they did not serve beef.
  • deference = polite respect
  • In their culture, people are respectful of each other's feelings and are especially deferential towards the elderly.
  • deferential = respectful
  • She gets deferential treatment because she is well known for giving $100 tips.
  • deferential = especially respectful
  • 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
  • deferentially = in a politely respectful manner
  • BRADY lowers his head slightly, in gracious deference to procedure.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • deference = polite respect
  • Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
    Deferential, glad to be of use,
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • deferential = politely respect
  • With all the deference my young, arrogant self could muster, I said...
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • deference = polite respect
  • They all laugh except MAMA, out of deference to TRAVIS' feelings.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • deference = polite respect
  • they conducted themselves calmly and quietly as they seated themselves deferentially before the desk,
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • deferentially = with polite respect
  • Moving from parapet to moat ... keeping clear, in deference to his mother, he halted and gave tongue.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • deference = polite respect
  • ... and to them, mitigated speech from a pilot doesn't mean the speaker is being appropriately deferential to a superior.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • deferential = politely respectful
  • Anatole held his tongue, in deference to my family.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • deference = polite respect
  • the men nearby were backed off in deference
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • deference = polite respect
  • 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
  • deference = polite respect
  • She had altered her values in deference to the opinion of others.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • deference = polite respect
  • 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
  • deference = polite respect
  • As Nippers, looking very sour and sulky, was departing, Turkey blandly and deferentially approached.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • deferentially = with polite respect
  • He could have wept with gratitude that she was deferential to him.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • deferential = politely respectful
  • 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
deferentially = with polite respect

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