deferential

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

Definition of deferential

  1. :  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>

Origin and Etymology of deferential

see 2defer


First Known Use: 1822


Medical Dictionary

deferential

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

Medical Definition of deferential



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up deferential? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the art of making engravings on wood

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ