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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Submission or courteous yielding to the opinion, wishes, or judgment of another.
  • n. Courteous respect. See Synonyms at honor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Great respect.
  • n. The willingness to carry out the wishes of others.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A yielding of judgment or preference from respect to the wishes or opinion of another; submission in opinion; regard; respect; complaisance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A yielding in opinion; submission to the opinion, judgment, or wish of another; hence, regard, respect, or submission in general: as, a blind deference to authority.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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  • treated him without deference, although they said nothing offensive.

    August 25, 2011