Deference definition

dĕfər-əns, dĕfrəns
Courteous regard or respect.
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Submission or courteous respect given to another, often in recognition of authority.
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A yielding in opinion, judgment, or wishes.
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Great respect.

The children treated their elders with deference.

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The willingness to carry out the wishes of others.

By tidying his room, he showed deference to his mother.

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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.

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in deference to
  • out of regard or respect for (a person or the person's position or wishes)
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
deference
Plural:
deferences

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in deference to

Origin of deference

  • From French déférence

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