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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard; A disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others; Courteous regard for people's feelings.

Usage examples (39)
  • To have respect for ourselves guides our morals; and to have a deference for others governs our manners.
  • In deference to your wishes
  • His deference to her wishes was very flattering
  • The first kind of deference is relatively uncontroversial, I suspect. for more
Tutoring comment
  • Students should show "deference" (respect, submission, yielding) to their teachers, even when they have a "difference" (disparity, being unlike) of opinion.
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