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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 ?
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.
He told my mother, in language perfectly respectful and deferential, but quite explicit, that over the house-servants she should be entire mistress, but that with the field-hands he could allow no interference.
In other people's presence I was, as formerly, deferential and quiet; any other line of conduct being uncalled for: it was only in the evening conferences I thus thwarted and afflicted him.
She addressed those words to Magdalen with a gentle motherly interest in her youth and beauty, chastened by the deferential amiability which became her situation in Noel Vanstone's household.
He was taciturn, soft-footed, very quiet in his manner, deferential, observant, always at hand when wanted, and never near when not wanted; but his great claim to consideration was his respectability.
Trabb then bent over number four, and in a sort of deferential confidence recommended it to me as a light article for summer wear, an article much in vogue among the nobility and gentry, an article that it would ever be an honour to him to reflect upon a distinguished fellow-townsman's (if he might claim me for a fellow-townsman) having worn.
Now he rattled forth full-throated sentences about patriotism, national glory, and the people's right; now he muttered some perilous stuff or other, in a sly and doubtful whisper, so cautiously that even his own conscience could scarcely catch the secret; and now, again, he spoke in measured accents, and a deeply deferential tone, as if a royal ear were listening to his wellturned periods.
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.
Rann appeared at the door with very deferential bows, which, however, were far from conciliating Pug, who gave a sharp bark and ran across the room to reconnoitre the stranger's legs; while the two puppies, regarding Mr.
But why this excess of deferential kindness, or what equivalent can they imagine us capable of rendering them for it?
Yet the old lady never ceased to abuse him, despite his deferential manner, and to compare him unfavourably with myself (so, at all events, Potapitch declared).
Kim saw their heads bent over Mahbub Ali's message, and heard the voices - one low and deferential, the other sharp and decisive.