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Meaning of DEFERENCE

Pronunciation:  'defuruns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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. [n]  a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
  3. [n]  courteous regard for people's feelings; "in deference to your wishes"; "out of respect for his privacy"

DEFERENCE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: complaisance, compliance, compliancy, obligingness, respect, respect, respectfulness
 See Also: agreeability, agreeableness, civility, court, courtesy, good manners, homage, last respects, politeness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Def"er*ence\, n. [F. d['e]f['e]rence. See 3d
A yielding of judgment or preference from respect to the
wishes or opinion of another; submission in opinion; regard;
respect; complaisance.

      Deference to the authority of thoughtful and sagacious
      men.                                     --Whewell.

      Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect,
      and the most elegant of all compliments. --Shenstone.

Syn: {Deference}, {Reverence}, {Respect}.

Usage: Deference marks an inclination to yield one's opinion,
       and to acquiesce in the sentiments of another in
       preference to one's own. Respect marks the estimation
       that we have for another, which makes us look to him
       as worthy of high confidence for the qualities of his
       mind and heart. Reverence denotes a mingling of fear
       with a high degree of respect and esteem. Age, rank,
       dignity, and personal merit call for deference;
       respect should be paid to the wise and good; reverence
       is due to God, to the authors of our being, and to the
       sanctity of the laws.

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