- showing deference; respectful.
Why doesn’t a polite and deferential invitation to talk do the trick any more?
He thoroughly deserved his long obituary, the tone of which is almost adulatory in parts, even allowing for the deferential standards of the time.
He asked me where my Pass was, and I turned very polite, deferential and apologetic, saying that I had left it at home.
Though Trench was deferential to authority he was also a man of valour.
Some bosses like their employees to be blunt and assertive; others like them respectful and deferential.
In sharp contrast to many of his rivals, he had a modest and deferential manner which put those in authority at their ease.
It’s particularly difficult if you’re doing those role-changes with people you have been used to being highly deferential towards.
They are amazingly deferential to men and try to placate them.
Are the courts excessively deferential to the medical profession?
He felt that he was always deferential and respectful.
But now the courts seem inclined to be more deferential to the prosecution’s side of this problem.
The growth of social movements has been limited because of deferential attitudes toward the state’s role in public affairs.
He was accompanied by a friend, a man of imposing physique, whose deferential manner and constant attention showed that his position was one of dependence.
She is combative, not deferential, but not as effective as I’d like to see.
I asked, my tone polite and deferential - the latter being something which did not come naturally to me.
The social changes of the last 50 years have created an electorate less loyal to individual parties and no longer deferential towards politicians.
By contrast, those in favour of reform were accorded a respect that bordered on the deferential.
Everything else is carried out with pomp and ceremony by the deferential, impeccably mannered, staff.
There are also slavishly deferential entries on various historians and political scientists.
Instead, he underplays and it’s a joy to watch him assume just the right mask of deferential blandness to manage his Colonel.
But one cannot please all of the people all of the time: occasionally someone would step up onto the stage and ask deferentially, “Gentlemen, could you play something less modern?”
Locals deferentially call it the Atomium, a vast silver sculpture of an atomic structure which overlooks the King Baudouin Stadium.
A uniformed retainer interrupts us deferentially to say that “His Highness” is ready to receive us.
In a narrow street, three smaller cars pull over, deferentially, almost in formation, to let our huge, silvery barque glide past.
“I won’t attempt to sing it to you,” she says deferentially.