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Dictionary definition for: Deference

1. (n) 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"

2. (n) courteous regard for people''s feelings; "in deference to your wishes" "out of respect for his privacy"

3. (n) a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others

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