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noun [U] uk   /ˈdef.ər.əns/ us    /-ɚ-/ formal
respect and politeness: He treats her with such deference. She covered her head out of/in deference to (= because of a polite respect for) Muslim custom.
Translations of “deference”
in Chinese (Traditional) 尊重,尊敬…
in Russian почтение…
in Turkish saygı, hürmet, nezaket…
in Chinese (Simplified) 尊重,尊敬…
in Polish szacunek…
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