deferential

[def-uh-ren-shuhl]

Origin of deferential

1815–25; after deference, by analogy with such pairs as residence: residential
Related formsdef·er·en·tial·ly, adverbnon·def·er·en·tial, adjectivenon·def·er·en·tial·ly, adverbo·ver·def·er·en·tial, adjectiveo·ver·def·er·en·tial·ly, adverbun·def·er·en·tial, adjectiveun·def·er·en·tial·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for deferentially

deferential

adjective
  1. marked by or showing deference or respect; respectful
Derived Formsdeferentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for deferentially

deferential

adj.

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

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deferentially in Medicine

deferential

[dĕf′ə-rĕnshəl]
adj.
  1. Of or relating to the vas deferens.
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