deferential

[def-uh-ren-shuhl]
adjective
showing deference; deferent; respectful.

Origin:
1815–25; after deference, by analogy with such pairs as residence: residential

deferentially, adverb
nondeferential, adjective
nondeferentially, adverb
overdeferential, adjective
overdeferentially, adverb
undeferential, adjective
undeferentially, adverb


courteous, regardful, dutiful, obedient, reverential.
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deferential (ˌdɛfəˈrɛnʃəl)
 
adj
marked by or showing deference or respect; respectful
 
defer'entially
 
adv

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deferential
1822, from deference; as a word in anatomy, from 1877. Related: Deferentially.
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deferential def·er·en·tial (děf'ə-rěn'shəl)
adj.
Of or relating to the vas deferens.

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Example sentences
As a judge, he was too deferential to the government.
We as a country and as a culture are far too deferential to the police.
Both the inmate's lawyer and the administration are arguing that when it comes
  to race, the deferential stance should not apply.
If you're overly deferential or timid, faculty tend to see this as a signal
  that you're not a peer.
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