At speechwriting meetings, Michel was deferential but quick with answers, just as the president liked.
Female subordinates are often less respectful of, and deferential to, their female bosses than they are to their male bosses.
Colbert was properly, perhaps pitifully, deferential to Letterman.
deferential def·er·en·tial (děf'ə-rěn'shəl)
Of or relating to the vas deferens.