deferential

adjective def·er·en·tial \ ˌde-fə-ˈren-chəl \
|Updated on: 24 Jun 2018

Definition of deferential

: showing or expressing respect and high regard due a superior or an elder : showing or expressing deference
  • listened with deferential attention to his grandfather
  • deferential to the judge's decision

deferentially

play \-ˈren-chə-lē\ adverb

Examples of deferential in a Sentence

  1. the man had the deferential attitude of someone who had been a servant his entire life

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Origin and Etymology of deferential

defer(ence) + -ential, by analogy with other Latin-derived words where the suffixes -ence and -ential imply one another (as prudence, prudential)


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adjective def·er·en·tial \ ˌdef-ə-ˈren-chəl \

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