What does deference mean?

Definitions for deferenceˈdɛf ər əns

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deference, respect(noun)

    a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard

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

  2. deference, respect, respectfulness(noun)

    courteous regard for people's feelings

    "in deference to your wishes"; "out of respect for his privacy"

  3. complaisance, compliance, compliancy, obligingness, deference(noun)

    a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others


  1. deference(Noun)

    Great respect.

    The children treated their elders with deference.

  2. deference(Noun)

    The willingness to carry out the wishes of others.

    By tidying his room, he showed deference to his mother.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deference(noun)

    a yielding of judgment or preference from respect to the wishes or opinion of another; submission in opinion; regard; respect; complaisance


  1. Deference

    Deference is the condition of submitting to the espoused, legitimate influence of one's superior or superiors. Deference implies a yielding or submitting to the judgment of a recognized superior out of respect or reverence. Deference has been studied extensively by political scientists, sociologists, and psychologists.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deference in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deference in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Lagon:

    There is supposed to be some deference to the expertise of the office.

  2. Lawrence Sterne:

    To have respect for ourselves guides our morals and to have a deference for others governs our manners.

  3. Kevin Logan:

    If Yellen is in the one-hike camp, she is the decider, and the other governors will likely vote in deference to the chair.

  4. Braddock Mayor John Fetterman:

    I don't own a suit or a tie and that's not a statement of rebellion or anything like that, it's out of deference to my community, it's out of deference to what's across the street, in terms of the mill.

  5. Board Chairman Jonathan Welch:

    Due to the ongoing investigation and the necessary deference to it, the public has been left to the impression that we on the board seem not to be aware or not truly concerned of the serious nature of the events.

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