1. a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard

- his deference to her wishes was very flattering

Similar word(s): respect

Definition categories: act, civility, politeness

2. courteous regard for people's feelings

- in deference to your wishes

Similar word(s): respect, respectfulness

Definition categories: attribute, courtesy

3. a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others

Similar word(s): complaisance, compliance, compliancy, obligingness

Definition categories: attribute, agreeability, agreeableness

Sentences with deference as a noun:

- The children treated their elders with deference.

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