Chris was brilliant, deferential, even demure, full of conviction.
At speechwriting meetings, Michel was deferential but quick with answers, just as the president liked.
Colbert was properly, perhaps pitifully, deferential to Letterman.
Female subordinates are often less respectful of, and deferential to, their female bosses than they are to their male bosses.
Because Bush had grown so close to Karzai, some critics believed that he—the cowboy president—had grown too deferential.
And Chichikov executed one of his sidelong, deferential bows.
He pays you the deferential compliment of asking what books you are reading.
A deferential waiter informed the American that it had been taken with every possible care to his suite.
He grasped Scorrier's hand—the gesture was deferential, yet distinguished.
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.