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. Walter Savage Landor:

    Great men always pay deference to greater.

  2. Mark Lagon:

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

  3. Lawrence Sterne:

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

  4. Lawrence Sterne:

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

  5. Saeed Haddadian:

    I went to Syria to show respect, admiration and deference to the fighters, they do what we only speak about.

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