Definition of 'deference'
- a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard; "his deference to her wishes was very flattering"; "be sure to give my respects to the dean"
- courteous regard for people's feelings; "in deference to your wishes"; "out of respect for his privacy"
Synonyms: respect respectfulness
- a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
Synonyms: complaisance compliance compliancy obligingness