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DEFERENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does deference mean? 

DEFERENCE (noun)
  The noun DEFERENCE has 3 senses:

1. a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
2. courteous regard for people's feelings
3. a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others

  Familiarity information: DEFERENCE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEFERENCE (noun)


Sense 1deference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

deference; respect

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("deference" is a kind of...):

civility; politeness (the act of showing regard for others)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "deference"):

court; homage (respectful deference)

last respects (the act of expressing respect for someone who has died)

props (proper respect)


Sense 2deference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Courteous regard for people's feelings

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

respectfulness; deference; respect

Context examples:

in deference to your wishes / out of respect for his privacy

Hypernyms ("deference" is a kind of...):

courtesy; good manners (a courteous manner)


Sense 3deference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

complaisance; obligingness; compliancy; deference; compliance

Hypernyms ("deference" is a kind of...):

agreeability; agreeableness (a temperamental disposition to be agreeable)


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