adjective Date: 1822 showing or expressing deference <
deferential attention
deferentially adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • deferential — adjective the hotel s deferential treatment of its elite clientele Syn: respectful, humble, obsequious; dutiful, obedient, submissive, subservient, yielding, acquiescent, complaisant, compliant, tractable, biddable, docile …   Thesaurus of popular words

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