Origin of deferential
1815–25; after deference, by analogy with such pairs as residence: residential
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courteous, regardful, dutiful, obedient, reverential.
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Examples from the Web for deferentially
"I feel as sure as can be, sir, that it was not Mr. Arthur Channing," he deferentially said.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
"Mathilde will be here in a moment," said Caron deferentially.The Trampling of the Lilies
Jim looked at her deferentially, as he passed, a hand ready for his hat.The Prisoner
He said deferentially in the first place that he was not a savage.
"I hope we shall, squire," said the poor relative, deferentially.The Young Miner
Horatio Alger, Jr.
- marked by or showing deference or respect; respectful
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Word Origin and History for deferentially
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to the vas deferens.
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