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def·er·en·tial

 (dĕf′ə-rĕn′shəl)
adj.
Marked by or exhibiting deference.

def′er·en′tial·ly adv.

deferential

(ˌdɛfəˈrɛnʃəl)
adj
marked by or showing deference or respect; respectful
ˌdeferˈentially adv

def•er•en•tial

(ˌdɛf əˈrɛn ʃəl)

adj.
showing deference; respectful.
[1815–25]
def`er•en′tial•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.deferential - showing deference
respectful - full of or exhibiting respect; "respectful behavior"; "a respectful glance"

deferential

adjective respectful, civil, polite, courteous, considerate, obedient, submissive, dutiful, ingratiating, reverential, obsequious, complaisant, obeisant, regardful stars who like five-star hotels and deferential treatment

deferential

adjective
Marked by courteous submission or respect:
Translations

deferential

[ˌdefəˈrenʃəl] ADJdeferente, respetuoso

deferential

[ˌdɛfəˈrɛnʃəl] adj [person, treatment] → déférent(e)
to be deferential to sb → être déférent(e) envers qn, être déférent(e) à l'égard de qn

deferential

adjehrerbietig, respektvoll; to be deferential to somebodyjdm mit Respekt or Achtung begegnen

deferential

[ˌdɛfəˈrɛnʃl] adjdeferente
References in classic literature ?
And it is the voice of the keeper of the ship's anchors that will answer: "Grows right ahead, sir," or "Broad on the bow," or whatever concise and deferential shout will fit the case.
This is what I want, my dear fellow," said the count to the deferential young man who had entered.
Aunt Jamesina, carried away by his unfailing and deferential courtesy, and the pleading tones of his delightful voice, declared he was the nicest young man she ever knew, and that Anne was a very fortunate girl.
As soon, however, as his hunger was appeased, the king became morose and overgloomed again; the more so in proportion to the satisfaction he fancied he had previously manifested, and particularly on account of the deferential manner which his courtiers had shown towards Fouquet.
His favourite subjects were church discipline, rites and ceremonies, apostolical succession, the duty of reverence and obedience to the clergy, the atrocious criminality of dissent, the absolute necessity of observing all the forms of godliness, the reprehensible presumption of individuals who attempted to think for themselves in matters connected with religion, or to be guided by their own interpretations of Scripture, and, occasionally (to please his wealthy parishioners) the necessity of deferential obedience from the poor to the rich--supporting his maxims and exhortations throughout with quotations from the Fathers: with whom he appeared to be far better acquainted than with the Apostles and Evangelists, and whose importance he seemed to consider at least equal to theirs.
Over his ivory-inlaid table, Ahab presided like a mute, maned sea-lion on the white coral beach, surrounded by his warlike but still deferential cubs.
Bygate, the lawyer, who had been in the house ever since the death, came forward to give deferential greetings and answer all questions, and Arthur walked with him towards the library, where his Aunt Lydia was expecting him.
But why this excess of deferential kindness, or what equivalent can they imagine us capable of rendering them for it?
There are deferential people in a dozen callings whom my Lady Dedlock suspects of nothing but prostration before her, who can tell you how to manage her as if she were a baby, who do nothing but nurse her all their lives, who, humbly affecting to follow with profound subservience, lead her and her whole troop after them; who, in hooking one, hook all and bear them off as Lemuel Gulliver bore away the stately fleet of the majestic Lilliput.
He found at home the ease of his body and the peace of his conscience, together with Mrs Verloc's wifely attentions and Mrs Verloc's mother's deferential regard.
But towards that lady, I do care what you do; and you shall do what is deferential and respectful, or you shall not come here.
Oliver thought the old gentleman must be a decided miser to live in such a dirty place, with so many watches; but, thinking that perhaps his fondness for the Dodger and the other boys, cost him a good deal of money, he only cast a deferential look at the Jew, and asked if he might get up.