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courteous respect for another’s opinion, wishes, or judgment: treated with deference
Not to be confused with:
difference – disparity; unlikeness; distinction: made a difference


 (dĕf′ər-əns, dĕf′rəns)
Submission or courteous respect given to another, often in recognition of authority. See Synonyms at honor.


1. submission to or compliance with the will, wishes, etc, of another
2. courteous regard; respect
[C17: from French déférence; see defer2]


(ˈdɛf ər əns)

1. respectful yielding to the opinion, will, etc., of another: in deference to her wishes.
2. respectful or courteous regard.
[1640–50; < French déférence < Middle French defer(er) to defer2]



after you, my dear Alphonse This popular catch phrase is the first half of the complete expression “After you, my dear Alphonse—no, after you, my dear Gaston.” It first appeared in the Hearst (King Features) comic strip Happy Hooligan written by F. Opper. The strip ran throughout the 1920s and for part of the 1930s. The characters Alphonse and Gaston were two extremely debonair Frenchmen who were so polite that they would jeopardize themselves in times of danger by taking the time to courteously ask each other to go first. Today, when two people go to do the same thing at the same time, one might humorously say to the other, “After you, my dear Alphonse.”

cap in hand Submissively; with a deferential air or manner. The phrase alludes to the image of a rustic or servant who self-consciously and humbly takes off his cap and holds it, usually against his chest, while speaking to someone of higher social status.

give the wall To yield the safest place; to allow another to walk on the walled side of a street. This expression is derived from an old custom which compelled pedestrians to surrender the safer, inner path bordering a roadway to a person of higher social rank. Modern social etiquette still requires a man to walk on the streetside of a female when walking along a sidewalk. A related expression, take the wall, describes the adamant perambulator who assumes the safer path closer to the wall. The inevitable friction between “givers” and “takers” is discussed by James Boswell in his Journal of a Tour of the Hebrides (1773):

In the last age … there were two sets of people, those who gave the wall, and those who took it; the peaceable and the quarrelsome.… Now it is fixed that every man keeps to the right; or, if one is taking the wall, another yields it, and it is never a dispute.

strike sail See SUBMISSION.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deference - a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regarddeference - a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard; "his deference to her wishes was very flattering"; "be sure to give my respects to the dean"
civility, politeness - the act of showing regard for others
homage, court - respectful deference; "pay court to the emperor"
last respects - the act of expressing respect for someone who has died; "he paid his last respects by standing quietly at the graveside"
props - proper respect; "I have to give my props to the governor for the way he handled the problem"
2.deference - courteous regard for people's feelings; "in deference to your wishes"; "out of respect for his privacy"
good manners, courtesy - a courteous manner
3.deference - a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
agreeability, agreeableness - a temperamental disposition to be agreeable



1. The quality or state of willingly carrying out the wishes of others:
2. Great respect or high public esteem accorded as a right or as due:
إذعان،نُزول عِنْد إرادةإعْتِبار، إحْتِرام، تَبْجيل
ohledpoddání sepodřízenostpodrobení seúcta
virîingvirîing, tillitssemi
poddanie sa
hürmethürmet etmesaygısaygı duyma


[ˈdefərəns] Ndeferencia f, respeto m
out of or in deference to sb/sb's agepor deferencia or respeto a algn/la edad de algn


[ˈdɛfərəns] ndéférence f, égards mpl
out of deference to, in deference to → par déférence pour, par égards pour


nAchtung f, → Respekt m; out of or in deference toaus Achtung (dat)or Respekt (dat)vor; with all due deference to youbei aller schuldigen Achtung or allem schuldigen Respekt Ihnen gegenüber


[ˈdɛfrns] ndeferenza, riguardo
out of or in deference to → per riguardo a


(diˈfə) past tense, past participle deˈferred verb
(with to) to act according to the wishes or opinions of another or the orders of authority. I defer to your greater knowledge of the matter.
deference (ˈdefərəns) noun
1. willingness to consider the wishes etc of others. He always treats his mother with deference.
2. the act of deferring.
in deference to
showing respct for. I let him speak first, in deference to his authority.
deˈferment, deˈferral noun
1. delaying; postponement.
2. officially sanctioned postponement of compulsory military service. draft deferment for college students.
References in classic literature ?
Toward him Boris behaved with a particularly dignified and sad deference. This shade of deference also disturbed Pierre.
Pleased with this great show of deference, the Friend went ahead, and, leaving the hole first, was caught by the Cat, who immediately trotted away with him.
For by assigning to the Women the same two colours as were assigned to the Priests, the Revolutionists thereby ensured that, in certain positions, every Woman would appear like a Priest, and be treated with corresponding respect and deference -- a prospect that could not fail to attract the Female Sex in a mass.
I am tired of submitting my will to the caprices of others; of resigning my own judgment in deference to those to whom I owe no duty, and for whom I feel no respect.
Here the servant paused, and opening the door said with polite deference: