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English definition of “deference”

deference

noun [U]     /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 .Showing respect and admiration
(Definition of deference noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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