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Examples of deference in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of deference from the Web
Mr. Trump has shown his generals more deference than did Mr. Obama.
A bit more deference toward congressional firebrands would be wise.
Accordingly, the district court’s deference to the Marshals Service’s recommendation does not violate the pretrial detainees’ constitutional rights.
If the workers were treated like heroes upon their return, the perishable mangoes were given the sort of deference usually reserved for religious relics and artifacts.
But one critic said the bill would diminish the state’s traditional deference to religion.
The three dissenters faulted the majority for ignoring Supreme Court rulings that called for deference to presidential authority over immigration.
The new site, which is now called simply, Windows Server Compare, tones down the anti-Linux rhetoric, perhaps in deference to Microsoft’s agreements with Novell, Xandros and others.
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Did You Know?
The words deference and defer both derive from the Latin deferre, which means "to bring down" or "to carry away." At the same time you might also hear that defer traces to the Latin differre, which means "to postpone" or "to differ." Which root is right? Both. That's because English has two verbs, or homographs, spelled defer. One means "to submit or delegate to another" (as in "I defer to your greater expertise"). That's the one that is closely related to deference and that comes from deferre. The other means "to put off or delay" (as in "we decided to defer the decision until next month"); that second defer derives from differre.
Origin and Etymology of deference
First Known Use: 1660
Synonym Discussion of deference
DEFERENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deference for English Language Learners
: a way of behaving that shows respect for someone or something
DEFERENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of deference for Students
: respect and consideration for the wishes of another
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