deference

[ def-er-uh ns ]
/ ˈdɛf ər əns /

noun

respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc., of another.
respectful or courteous regard: in deference to his wishes.

Nearby words

  1. defensive circle,
  2. defensive driving,
  3. defensive medicine,
  4. defensively,
  5. defer,
  6. deferent,
  7. deferent duct,
  8. deferentectomy,
  9. deferential,
  10. deferentially

Origin of deference

1640–50; < French déférence, Middle French, equivalent to defer(er) to defer2 + -ence -ence

Related formsnon·def·er·ence, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for deference

deference

/ (ˈdɛfərəns) /

noun

submission to or compliance with the will, wishes, etc, of another
courteous regard; respect

Word Origin for deference

C17: from French déférence; see defer ²

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Word Origin and History for deference

deference

n.

1640s, from French déférence (16c.), from déférer (see defer (v.2)).

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