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Every case is limited to the facts, and the appellate court was more deferential to Wooten’s testimony and expertise, said Abe Cisneros, another public records attorney.Appellate Court Says San Diego County Can Keep COVID-19 Outbreak Data Secret|Jesse Marx|August 3, 2021|Voice of San Diego
The disarray of a scattered curriculum, the disenchantment of talented yet deferential faculty, and the disorientation of precious students loom large.Cornel West says in resignation letter over tenure dispute that Harvard is in ‘decline and decay’|Timothy Bella, Susan Svrluga|July 13, 2021|Washington Post
Antony Blinken, who once served under Kerry, is now secretary of state, and Kerry has tried to remain deferential, even if his early enthusiasm has caused some administrative quandaries.After half a century in public life, Kerry gets one more shot|Matt Viser, Brady Dennis|April 21, 2021|Washington Post
EPD spokesperson Kevin Chambers, who did not make any agency officials available for an interview, said in a statement that the EPD “does not provide deferential treatment” to Georgia Power.
Some have questioned whether he assumed that the crowd would be deferential to police or wondered if he was too focused on his impending retirement.House security chief said lawmaker wariness of military at Capitol drove his resistance to early request for National Guard|Rosalind Helderman, Beth Reinhard, Karoun Demirjian, Carol D. Leonnig|January 19, 2021|Washington Post
She's a businesswoman, smart and not particularly deferential toward him.
Colbert was properly, perhaps pitifully, deferential to Letterman.
Now is not the time for lackadaisical, quiet and deferential diplomacy.Their Fight…But Our Legacy: The New Battle for Fallujah|John Kael Weston|January 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A video of their meeting shows Akkari slightly nervous, almost deferential, and expressing his profound apologies.
Female subordinates are often less respectful of, and deferential to, their female bosses than they are to their male bosses.
There was in his manner towards her a mixture of business formality and the deferential attitude of a gentleman.In Search of the Unknown|Robert W. Chambers
"Mademoiselle," I said, and my manner was as deferential as it might have been to her mistress.The Rose of Old St. Louis|Mary Dillon
Festooned flowers, deferential service, barbaric, subtly lascivious music—this waste would have fed those workers for years!Mountain|Clement Wood
(placing an open copy of "Andromeda" in his hands with a charming air of deferential dictation).
"Shall be done, General," Marcus responded, with a deferential military salute.Boyhood in Norway|Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen