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.

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decorum

Origin of deference

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

OTHER WORDS FROM deference

non·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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