Simple Definition of deference
: a way of behaving that shows respect for someone or something
Examples of deference
Deference to leaders and intolerance toward outsiders (and toward “enemies within”) are hallmarks of tribalism … —Benjamin R. Barber, Atlantic, March 1992
In the 1980s, in deference to the neighborhoods, City Hall would attempt a counter-reformation of downtown, forbidding “Manhattanization.” —Richard Rodriguez, Harper's, October 1990
She could have subtly appealed to the deference … she knew was still in there, encoded in their middle-aged hearts; she never did. —Peggy Noonan, New York Times Magazine, 16 Dec. 1990
A sense of deference to the upper class among whites made it possible, in Sproat's estimation, for white leaders to contain the white supremacists. —Robert L. Harris, Jr., American Historical Review, December 1987
Her relatives treat one another with deference.
He is shown much deference by his colleagues.
Origin of deference
First Known Use: 1660
Synonym Discussion of deference
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Definition of deference
: respect and consideration for the wishes of another
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