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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
1640-1650
1640-50; < French déférence, Middle French, equivalent to defer(er) to defer2 + -ence -ence
Related forms
nondeference, noun
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  • He responded with courtly deference, giving them his full attention.
  • deference and obedience to one's elders are of the utmost importance, as are ideas of hospitality and social ties.
  • His record on the bench is one of cautious rulings and scrupulous deference to precedent.
  • The traditional family crumbled, along with old-fashioned notions of deference.
  • He has failed to provide evidence to support his contention that he is a scientist deserving any deference due to authority.
  • But now, in deference to what is seen as a new growth market, the front of the store is devoted to cell phones.
  • Your deference is wholly appropriate.
  • My grandmother urged my parents to force me to favor my right hand, in deference to nature's clear (to her) intention.
  • Individualism and creativity are frowned upon in a culture that prizes the art of imitation and the politics of deference.
  • Also, I have given up salt and coffee in deference to high blood pressure and alcohol in deference to methotrexate.
British Dictionary definitions for deference

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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Word Origin and History for deference
n.

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

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