Definition of deference in English:


Line breaks: def|er¦ence
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛf(ə)r(ə)ns


[mass noun]


in deference to

Out of respect for; in consideration of: in deference to her wishes we spent two weeks on the coast
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  • They either watch me march away or hurriedly dash to me with an immediate, apologetic and cursory check of my goods, in deference to my self-conferred diplomatic status.
  • The Good Friday procession, which symbolises Christ's path to his crucifixion, was modified in deference to the Pope's age and health.
  • The team was named Celtic, in deference to Brother Walfrid's wishes, who felt that this name would encompass both its Irish and Scottish roots.


mid 17th century: from French déférence, from déférer 'refer' (see defer2).

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