Meaning of “deference” in the English Dictionary

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deferencenoun [ U ]

us /ˈdef·ə·rəns/

respect shown for another person esp. because of that person’s experience, knowledge, age, or power:

In deference to nature lovers, the town refused to grant a permit to builders who would have filled in a swamp used by many birds.
adjective us /ˌdef·əˈren·tʃəl/

A smart lawyer is always deferential to a judge.

(Definition of “deference” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)