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English definition of “deferential”

deferential

adjective uk   /ˌdef.əˈren.ʃəl/ us  
polite and showing respect: She is always extremely deferential to/towards anyone in authority.Showing respect and admirationPolite and respectfulPolite and respectful
deferentially
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
They bowed deferentially as she came into the room.Showing respect and admirationPolite and respectfulPolite and respectful
(Definition of deferential from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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