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Wednesday April 16, 2014

Deference (DEF-er-uhns)

Submission to another's will; respect or courtesy

Usage Examples

  • The teacher had to threaten the David with detention before he showed deference to her requests to be quiet.
  • John is a passive husband that always shows deference to his wife.

Word Usage Tip

The second meaning of deference is respect or courtesy of one's wishes or influence. IN DEFERENCE TO and OUT OF DEFERENCE mean in respect of or out of respect of one's wishes.

  • The police have not yet revealed the victim's name out of deference to his family.

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