[ def-uh-ren-shuhl ]
/ ˌdɛf əˈrɛn ʃəl /
showing deference; deferent; respectful.
Words nearby deferential
defer, deference, deferent, deferent duct, deferentectomy, deferential, deferentitis, deferment, deferrable, deferral, deferred
Origin of deferential
1815–25; after deference, by analogy with such pairs as residence: residential
OTHER WORDS FROM deferential
def·er·en·tial·ly, adverbnon·def·er·en·tial, adjectivenon·def·er·en·tial·ly, adverbo·ver·def·er·en·tial, adjective
o·ver·def·er·en·tial·ly, adverbun·def·er·en·tial, adjectiveun·def·er·en·tial·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for deferentially
He spoke low and deferentially, and his mien was that of a modest, retiring man who secretly thought ill of himself.
The Lions of the Lord|Harry Leon Wilson
He smiled at her deferentially, but backed away with his cart.
Old Caravan Days|Mary Hartwell Catherwood
"If you will wait another minute I think the prisoner will come out," suggested Potin deferentially, jingling his keys.
Robert Tournay|William Sage
A comic severity in the tone of the correction was deferentially accepted by Fenellan.
One of Our Conquerors, Complete|George Meredith
A truth which we accept with closed eyes, submissively, deferentially, servilely—such a truth is nothing but a lie.
The Forerunners|Romain Rolland
British Dictionary definitions for deferentially
marked by or showing deference or respect; respectful
Derived forms of deferentialdeferentially, adverb
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Medical definitions for deferentially
Of or relating to the vas deferens.
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