Deference

Definition of Deference

Def´er`ence
n.1.A yielding of judgment or preference from respect to the wishes or opinion of another; submission in opinion; regard; respect; complaisance.
Deference to the authority of thoughtful and sagacious men.
- Whewell.
Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.
- Shenstone.

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acceptance, acquiescence, affability, agreeableness, allegiance, amenity, apotheosis, appreciation, approbation, approval, assent, assigned task, awe, bounden duty, breathless adoration, burden, business, call of duty, charge, civility, comity, commitment, complaisance, compliance, consent, considerateness, consideration, courteousness, courtesy, dedication, deification, devoir, devotion, duties and responsibilities, duty, esteem, estimation, ethics, exaggerated respect, favor, fealty, gracefulness, graciousness, great respect, hero worship, high regard, homage, honor, idolatry, idolization, imperative, kneeling, line of duty, loyalty, mission, must, nonopposal, nonopposition, nonresistance, obedience, obeisance, obligation, onus, ought, passiveness, passivity, place, politeness, prestige, regard, resignation, resignedness, respectfulness, reverential regard, self-imposed duty, solicitousness, solicitude, subjection, submission, submissiveness, submittal, supineness, tact, tactfulness, thoughtfulness, urbanity, veneration, yielding
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