deferential

adjective
def·er·en·tial | \ˌde-fə-ˈren-chəl \

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

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Other Words from deferential

deferentially \-ˈren-chə-lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for deferential

Synonyms

deferent, dutiful, regardful, respectful

Antonyms

disrespectful, undutiful

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Examples of deferential in a Sentence

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

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And the public is already inclined to believe that Republicans are too deferential to polluters. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The EPA Is Hiding Proof That a Widely Used Chemical Causes Leukemia: Report," 6 July 2018 Some women’s groups, including the Hollywood activist group Time’s Up, accused the Democrat of being too deferential to Weinstein and too dismissive of his accusers. Washington Post, "Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe," 26 May 2018 Stone is a yes-sir, no-sir senior with a deferential smile. Michael Farber, SI.com, "Mark Moseley, Last of the Straight-On Kickers," 2 July 2018 The cover-up The movie shows how a posse of former Camelot men, including ex-defense secretary Robert McNamara and JFK speechwriter Ted Sorensen, help contain the scandal, boss around deferential local cops and school Teddy in Cover-Up 101. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Chappa-what? Everything you should know about Ted Kennedy and the 'Chappaquiddick' movie," 4 Apr. 2018 Even places hostile to L.G.B.T.Q. locals are often deferential to visitors. Tanya Mohn, New York Times, "An L.G.B.T.Q. Guide to Traveling Safely Abroad," 21 June 2018 Some women’s groups, including the Hollywood activist group Time’s Up, accused the Democrat of being too deferential to Weinstein and too dismissive of his accusers. Washington Post, "Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe," 26 May 2018 On the whole, Republicans in Congress are still deferential to Trump, but this week was notable for just how many of them felt compelled to speak out against the president on different issues. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Republicans broke with Trump a lot more than usual this week," 8 June 2018 Since his return to Cleveland, James, as the de facto head of the franchise, has made clear his preference for being surrounded by teammates who are finished products and/or deferential to him. Mike Sielski, Philly.com, "LeBron James to the Sixers? Two big factors make it unlikely | Mike Sielski," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of deferential

1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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deferential

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def·er·en·tial | \ˌdef-ə-ˈren-chəl \

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