Definition of deferential in English:

deferential

Line breaks: def|er¦en|tial
Pronunciation: /dɛfəˈrɛnʃ(ə)l
 
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adjective

Derivatives

deferentially

adverb
More example sentences
  • But one cannot please all of the people all of the time: occasionally someone would step up onto the stage and ask deferentially, ‘Gentlemen, could you play something less modern?’
  • ‘I won't attempt to sing it to you,’ she says deferentially.
  • A uniformed retainer interrupts us deferentially to say that ‘His Highness’ is ready to receive us.

Origin

early 19th century: from deference, on the pattern of pairs such as prudence, prudential.

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