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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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adj. - Showing a yielding of judgment

Usage examples (36)
  • It's not necessary to give me deferential treatment.
  • She composed her features into what she hoped was an expression of deferential alertness.
  • Mr. Haggerty has been described as deferential to his political mentors.
  • He nodded in a manner that could only be described as deferential, and walked on to meet them. for more
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  • The "differential" (the amount of difference) in their test scores was small, but the loser was "deferential" (marked by courteous yielding or respect) to the winner anyway.
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