|1.||[ noun ] an 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"
|Related terms:||politeness court last_respects props respect|
|2.||[ noun ] courteous regard for people's feelings|
"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|