1. [ noun ] an courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
Synonyms: respect

"his deference to her wishes was very flattering" "be sure to give my respects to the dean"

Related terms: politeness court last_respects props respect
2. [ noun ] courteous regard for people's feelings
Synonyms: respectfulness respect

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

Related terms: courtesy respect
3. [ noun ] a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
Synonyms: complaisance obligingness compliancy compliance
Related terms: agreeableness comply
Similar spelling:   deferent