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Synonyms for deference
ˈdɛf ər əns

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deference, respect(noun)

    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"

    respect, esteem, respectfulness, regard, complaisance, obedience, obligingness, compliance, compliancy

  2. deference, respect, respectfulness(noun)

    courteous regard for people's feelings

    "in deference to your wishes"; "out of respect for his privacy"

    respect, esteem, respectfulness, regard, complaisance, obedience, obligingness, compliance, compliancy

  3. complaisance, compliance, compliancy, obligingness, deference(noun)

    a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others

    abidance, submission, complaisance, conformity, respectfulness, respect, conformation, obligingness, compliance, compliancy


  1. deference(noun)

    respect, honor

  2. deference(noun)

    Great respect.

    The children treated their elders with deference.

    respect, honor

  3. deference(noun)

    The willingness to carry out the wishes of others.

    By tidying his room, he showed deference to his mother.

    honor, respect

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. deference

    respect, consideration, condescension, contention, regard, honor, veneration, submission, reverence, obedience, homage, allegiance

    disrespect, contumely, contumacy, disregard, slight, impudence, disobedience, non-allegiance, defiance, attention

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. deference(n.)

    respect, regard, esteem, honor, reverence, veneration, homage, obeisance

  2. deference(n.)

    complaisance, condescension

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  1. Walter Savage Landor:

    Great men always pay deference to greater.

  2. John Kirby:

    They can see a propaganda value here and this is basically them showing the level of deference and respect that Trump has paid to them and to their military leaders.

  3. Lawrence Sterne:

    To have respect for ourselves guides our morals; and to have a deference for others governs our manners.

  4. Board Chairman Jonathan Welch:

    Due to the ongoing investigation and the necessary deference to it, the public has been left to the impression that we on the board seem not to be aware or not truly concerned of the serious nature of the events.

  5. John McCain:

    The President task is to reverse The President disturbing tendency to show America's adversaries the deference and esteem that should be reserved for our closest allies. The President must show that The President can be strong and tough with Vladimir Putin -- not for The President task own sake, but to demonstrate The President willingness to defend America, its allies, our shared interests, and our common values against those who threaten them, putin is not America's friend, nor merely a competitor. Putin is America's enemy -- not because we wish it so, but because he has chosen to be.

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