deferential

[ def-uh-ren-shuhl ]
/ ˌdɛf əˈrɛn ʃəl /

adjective

showing deference; deferent; respectful.

Nearby words

  1. defer,
  2. deference,
  3. deferent,
  4. deferent duct,
  5. deferentectomy,
  6. deferentially,
  7. deferentitis,
  8. deferment,
  9. deferrable,
  10. deferral

Origin of deferential

1815–25; after deference, by analogy with such pairs as residence: residential

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British Dictionary definitions for deferential

deferential

/ (ˌdɛfəˈrɛnʃəl) /

adjective

marked by or showing deference or respect; respectful
Derived Formsdeferentially, adverb

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Word Origin and History for deferential

deferential

adj.

1822, from deferent + -ial; as a word in anatomy, from 1877. Related: Deferentially.

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Medicine definitions for deferential

deferential

[ dĕf′ə-rĕnshəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to the vas deferens.

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