[ def-uh-ren-shuhl ]
/ ˌdɛf əˈrɛn ʃəl /
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Origin of deferential
1815–25; after deference, by analogy with such pairs as residence: residential
OTHER WORDS FROM deferential
def·er·en·tial·ly, adverbnon·def·er·en·tial, adjectivenon·def·er·en·tial·ly, adverbo·ver·def·er·en·tial, adjective
o·ver·def·er·en·tial·ly, adverbun·def·er·en·tial, adjectiveun·def·er·en·tial·ly, adverb
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How to use deferential in a sentence
Whenever I come up against Cupid, experience has taught me to retire deferentially, and wait until the love-fever has abated.The Doctor of Pimlico|William Le Queux
“No, sir,” said Weston in a formal manner, though “sir” is not often used deferentially in western Canada.The Gold Trail|Harold Bindloss
Closing the door softly behind him, he coughed deferentially.John Ingerfield and Other Stories|Jerome K. Jerome
The stately manner of Germain caught his glance at once, and bowing deferentially he inquired the name.The False Chevalier|William Douw Lighthall
I have called the waiter to explain the curious circumstance, and asked if it be royalty that is so deferentially acknowledged.Tony Butler|Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for deferential
/ (ˌdɛfəˈrɛnʃəl) /
marked by or showing deference or respect; respectful
Derived forms of deferentialdeferentially, adverb
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