1. a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
- his deference to her wishes was very flattering
Similar word(s): respect
2. courteous regard for people's feelings
- in deference to your wishes
3. a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
Sentences with deference as a noun:
- The children treated their elders with deference.
- By tidying his room, he showed deference to his mother.