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Definition 1: a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard - [noun denoting act]

Samples where deference or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his deference to her wishes was very flattering
  • be sure to give my respects to the dean

Synonyms for deference in the sense of this definition

(deference is a kind of ...) the act of showing regard for others

(... is a kind of deference ) respectful deference

"pay court to the emperor"

(... is a kind of deference ) the act of expressing respect for someone who has died

"he paid his last respects by standing quietly at the graveside"

(... is a kind of deference ) proper respect

"I have to give my props to the governor for the way he handled the problem"

Definition 2: a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for deference in the sense of this definition

(deference is a kind of ...) a temperamental disposition to be agreeable

Definition 3: courteous regard for people's feelings - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where deference or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in deference to your wishes
  • out of respect for his privacy

Synonyms for deference in the sense of this definition

(deference is a kind of ...) a courteous manner

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