Origin of deferential
Examples from the Web for deferential
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
Female subordinates are often less respectful of, and deferential to, their female bosses than they are to their male bosses.
Chris was brilliant, deferential, even demure, full of conviction.A Friend’s Tribute to Ambassador Chris Stevens: The Diplomatic Indiana Jones|Roya Hakakian|September 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
At speechwriting meetings, Michel was deferential but quick with answers, just as the president liked.
Such an affection is necessarily based upon a most profound respect, and can only continue when this deferential regard exists.Human Life|Sherwood Sweet Knight
First there was a great snarl, and then a deferential voice, 'This alters the case, sir.'Magnum Bonum|Charlotte M. Yonge
At eight-thirty a soft and deferential voice sounded in her ear.Half Portions|Edna Ferber
He introduced them himself, and his deferential attentions to the two girls had the effect he intended.Cicely and Other Stories|Annie Fellows Johnston
How courtly and deferential their manners toward each other are!Riverby|John Burroughs