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deference

[def-er-uh ns] /ˈdɛf ər əns/
noun
1.
respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc., of another.
2.
respectful or courteous regard:
in deference to his wishes.
Origin of deference
1640-1650
1640-50; < French déférence, Middle French, equivalent to defer(er) to defer2 + -ence -ence
Related forms
nondeference, noun
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deference

/ˈdɛfərəns/
noun
1.
submission to or compliance with the will, wishes, etc, of another
2.
courteous regard; respect
Word Origin
C17: from French déférence; see defer²
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n.

1640s, from French déférence (16c.), from déférer (see defer (v.2)).

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