The definition of deference is politely giving in to another, or courteous respect.
An example of deference is taking unwanted parenting advice from your mother-in-law.
- a yielding in opinion, judgment, or wishes
- courteous regard or respect
Origin of deferenceFrench déférence ; from Classical Latin deferens, present participle of deferre: see defer
in deference to
out of regard or respect for (a person or the person's position or wishes)
Submission or courteous respect given to another, often in recognition of authority. See Synonyms at honor.
(countable and uncountable, plural deferences)
From French déférence