noun \ˈde-fə-rən(t)s, ˈdef-rən(t)s\

: a way of behaving that shows respect for someone or something

Full Definition of DEFERENCE

:  respect and esteem due a superior or an elder; also :  affected or ingratiating regard for another's wishes
in deference to
:  in consideration of <returned early in deference to her parents' wishes>

Examples of DEFERENCE

  1. Her relatives treat one another with deference.
  2. He is shown much deference by his colleagues.
  3. Deference to leaders and intolerance toward outsiders (and toward enemies within) are hallmarks of tribalism … —Benjamin R. Barber, Atlantic, March 1992


(see 2defer)
First Known Use: 1660

Rhymes with DEFERENCE


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