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Definition of deference noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

deference

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈdɛfərəns//
 
, NAmE//ˈdɛfrəns//
 
[uncountable]
 
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behavior that shows that you respect someone or something The women wore veils in deference to the customs of the country. The flags were lowered out of deference to the bereaved family.
deferential
 
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NAmE//ˌdɛfəˈrɛnʃl//
 
adjective
deferentially
 
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NAmE//ˌdɛfəˈrɛnʃəli//
 
adverb
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