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deferential

[def-uh-ren-shuh l] /ˌdɛf əˈrɛn ʃəl/
adjective
1.
showing deference; deferent; respectful.
Origin of deferential
1815-1825
1815-25; after deference, by analogy with such pairs as residence: residential
Related forms
deferentially, adverb
nondeferential, adjective
nondeferentially, adverb
overdeferential, adjective
overdeferentially, adverb
undeferential, adjective
undeferentially, adverb
Synonyms
courteous, regardful, dutiful, obedient, reverential.
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Examples from the Web for deferential
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  • And Chichikov executed one of his sidelong, deferential bows.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • She beamed at my appearance, and her every word was caressing and deferential.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • A deferential waiter informed the American that it had been taken with every possible care to his suite.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • I saw it in every deferential gesture of his body, and every modulated tone of his voice.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • The manservant, with his plain black clothes and black tie, had entered the room with a deferential little gesture.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for deferential

deferential

/ˌdɛfəˈrɛnʃəl/
adjective
1.
marked by or showing deference or respect; respectful
Derived Forms
deferentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for deferential
adj.

1822, from deferent + -ial; as a word in anatomy, from 1877. Related: Deferentially.

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deferential in Medicine

deferential def·er·en·tial (děf'ə-rěn'shəl)
adj.
Of or relating to the vas deferens.

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