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.
Because Bush had grown so close to Karzai, some critics believed that he—the cowboy president—had grown too deferential.
Now is not the time for lackadaisical, quiet and deferential diplomacy.
And Chichikov executed one of his sidelong, deferential bows.
She beamed at my appearance, and her every word was caressing and deferential.
A deferential waiter informed the American that it had been taken with every possible care to his suite.
I saw it in every deferential gesture of his body, and every modulated tone of his voice.
The manservant, with his plain black clothes and black tie, had entered the room with a deferential little gesture.
deferential def·er·en·tial (děf'ə-rěn'shəl)
Of or relating to the vas deferens.