- respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc., of another.
- respectful or courteous regard: in deference to his wishes.
Origin of deference
Examples from the Web for deference
He oversaw a brutal regime, aimed at instilling respect, deference and acceptance of duty into the princes.Kate and William’s Royal Family Values
September 22, 2014
Other themes are more character-based, such as the “Bowie, Cocteau, Visconti” section, in deference to dandies and dapper men.What Drives Fashion Designer Dries Van Noten
March 4, 2014
Tall and taciturn, he exuded the easy authority of a young man used to money and the deference that came with it.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
From the deference with which he was received they rightly guessed that he was the chief of the tribe.The Story Behind The World’s Greatest Headline
January 21, 2014
Heritage Action pushed for the government shutdown, but stayed out of the debt ceiling fight in deference to their funders.Republicans Compromise on the Budget, but Don’t Expect Them To Compromise on the Debt Ceiling
December 18, 2013
Garson, however, was unconvinced, notwithstanding his deference to the judgment of his leader.Within the Law
Yes, sir; but not my anxiety for your approbation, and my deference for your opinion.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
He spoke with deference, but nevertheless there was a touch of reproach in his tone.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
Perhaps her deference to my uncle made me feel as if she and I were more on a level.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Clotilde, herself, ceasing to smile, seemed to listen to him with deference.Doctor Pascal
- submission to or compliance with the will, wishes, etc, of another
- courteous regard; respect
Word Origin and History for deference
1640s, from French déférence (16c.), from déférer (see defer (v.2)).