deferential

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

adjective

showing deference; deferent; respectful.

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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 forms of deferential

deferentially, adverb
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Medical definitions for deferential

deferential
[ dĕf′ə-rĕnshəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to the vas deferens.
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