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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
The demise of the Senate bill shows, just as President Obama before him learned, that there are dangers in deference.
American politicians are not known for showing deference to public opinion.
The old agreement, that the critic should de-emphasize self in deference to the art work and a presumed diversity of readership, has fallen apart.
Many of them suspect House leaders are using the procedural complaint as a delaying tactic or an excuse to alter the bill in deference to President Trump, whose administration opposes the measure …
Obama plans to stay largely off the political stage, consistent with his behavior since leaving office in January, and in deference to protocol that suggests former presidents should avoid play-by-plays of their successor's performance.
The decision endorsed the Trump administration's contention that the president deserves greater deference from the courts on national security matters.
Committees reviewed school textbooks to ensure deference to the Southern point-of-view, according to minutes from Daughters of the Confederacy conventions in the early 1900s.
The women were wearing sun suits in deference to the chilliness of the morning.
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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.
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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