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Synonyms for deference
ˈdɛf ər ənsdef·er·ence

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  1. deferencenoun

    respect, honor

  2. deferencenoun

    Great respect.

    The children treated their elders with deference.

    respect, honor

  3. deferencenoun

    The willingness to carry out the wishes of others.

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

    honor, respect

Princeton's WordNet

  1. deference, respectnoun

    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, respectfulnessnoun

    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, deferencenoun

    a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. deferencenoun

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

  2. deferencenoun

    complaisance, condescension

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  1. Lisa Murkowski:

    I find it somewhat troubling that even before the President named Judge Kavanaugh that there were those who were roundly condemning the nominee without knowing who the nominee is, i think that there is a process -- that process needs to be fair, it needs to be open. We all, every member of the United States Senate has an equal obligation to thoroughly vet this nominee. And we will come down on one side or the other but in due deference to the nominee and in due deference to the president's prerogative to name a nominee. We have an obligation to thoroughly work through this advice and consent process.

  2. David Gibson:

    He seems to be too much a creature of the Old Church, but he’s been better than his predecessors. He believed in churchman before victims. He moved very carefully, giving deference to the church. That was evident in Chile, and the sex abuse allegations there.

  3. Catherine Haddon:

    In a way, Charles is caught between two worlds. It's not clear he will enjoy the deference his mother did because of his interventions with governments over the years, so traditional monarchists might not trust him to do the job with the same level of integrity. On the other hand, his personal brand has taken a sufficient hit that being more personal and accessible might not appeal in the same way as William and Kate.

  4. Chuck Schumer:

    For a guy who promised to be tough on China, President Trump's reliable deference to President Xi is all the more bewildering. Being tough on China when it comes to human rights will also help us win the battle on trade.

  5. Marcel Proust:

    The bonds that unite another person to ourselves exist only in our mind. Memory as it grows fainter relaxes them, and notwithstanding the illusion by which we would fain be cheated and with which, out of love, friendship, politeness, deference, duty, we cheat other people, we exist alone. Man is the creature that cannot emerge from himself, that knows his fellows only in himself when he asserts the contrary, he is lying.

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