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English definition of “deferential”


adjective     /ˌdef.əˈren.ʃəl/
polite and showing respect: She is always extremely deferential to/towards anyone in authority.Showing respect and admirationPolite and respectfulPolite and respectful deferentially     /-i/ adverb They bowed deferentially as she came into the room.Showing respect and admirationPolite and respectfulPolite and respectful
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