a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard;
"his deference to her wishes was very flattering"
"be sure to give my respects to the dean"
courteous regard for people's feelings;
"in deference to your wishes"
"out of respect for his privacy"
a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
- His immediate deference made her regretful.
- I changed my plan in deference to your opinion.
- They are married in church out of deference to their parents' wish.
- We all showed deference to his skill.
- You must treat your teachers with deference.
Charles often yielded a strange deference to minds inferior to his own.出自： I. D