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Definition of 'deference'

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  1. 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"
       Synonyms: respect
  2. courteous regard for people's feelings; "in deference to your wishes"; "out of respect for his privacy"
       Synonyms: respect respectfulness
  3. a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
       Synonyms: complaisance compliance compliancy obligingness

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