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  • adv. In a deferential manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. With deference.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a deferential manner; with deference.

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

  • adv. in a servile manner
  • adv. in a respectfully deferential manner


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  • We left them to their work and deferentially gave a park police officer our statements.

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  • When I told Pricilla, a Durban-born 24-year-old of Zulu ethnicity who is working here as a volunteer, that I've been attending these U.N. climate conferences since Kyoto in 1996, she deferentially asked me, "Sir, why has it taken so long to find a solution to just this one single matter?"

    Jonathan Wootliff: Breakthrough at Climate Talks... But Why on Earth Has It Taken So Long?

  • As teenagers, Adrian was the "serious" one among Tony's gang of friends—that word is used often in the novel to distinguish between those who bravely confront life's profound questions and those who, like Tony and, Tony suggests, almost the entire English middle class, are content to live quietly and deferentially.

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  • When he's allowed to complain to sympathetic reporters in the aftermath of his corporation's crime wave that he's not being treated deferentially enough, he's doing extremely well.

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: Want to Solve All your Problems, Rupert Murdoch? Become A Banker.

  • These days the self-congratulatory motto above his blog is “Of No Party or Clique,” but in fact Sullivan belongs to the party of Mearsheimer and the clique of Walt (whom he cites frequently and deferentially), to the herd of fearless dissidents who proclaim in all seriousness, without in any way being haunted by the history of such an idea, that Jews control Washington.

    Matthew Yglesias » Wieseltier vs Sullivan

  • On the fraught question of religion in public life, Mr. French criticizes the secular Indian media's tendency to treat "clerics on the further fringes of Islam" deferentially.

    India Through Clear Eyes

  • Owen, who has achieved success in his marriage to a fully drawn wife played to perfection by Lisa Gay Hamilton and home life, has a major challenge with a sabotaging father whom he still deferentially calls "Daddy."

    Marcia G. Yerman: Men of a Certain Age Combines Insight With Comedy

  • IN SPIN BOLDAK, AFGHANISTAN When Abdul Razziq, a colonel in the Afghan Border Police, walks through the chockablock bazaar in this sand-swept trading hub on the frontier with Pakistan, he is mobbed by a crowd that deferentially addresses him as General Razziq.

    Afghan colonel vital to U.S. despite graft allegations

  • Ordinarily, motive is a question of fact, found by the trier of fact, and reviewed deferentially under a “clear error” standard by the Court of Appeals – in contrast to legal issues which that court decides de novo. Eleventh Circuit Says Miami-Dade Schools May Pull ¡Vamos a Cuba! from the Library Shelves

  • They met him deferentially, but not patronizingly.

    Chapter II


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