deference deference  /ˈdɛ fə rəns/


  1. (n) a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
  2. (n) courteous regard for people's feelings
  3. (n) a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others


  • In deference to your wishes I am not starting the debate on who is responsible for the fiasco.


  • Mad Men Watch: Will the Circles Be Unbroken?

    Fellow Sterling Cooper & Associates shareholders, Our heroes have rather awkwardly talked about race, often brilliantly talked about gender, and clearly are obsessed with sexuality. They rarely talk about class, though. In America, it’s often unspeakable. And so out of deference to their reticence, let’s not take into account the author of the idea that history repeats itself first as tragedy ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Time Magazine


  1. The report of Obama saying this: "With all due deference to the separation of powers, the court last week reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests - including foreign corporations - to spend without...
    on Jan 28, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Canada Free Press

  2. "The SEC's utter failure to follow up aggressively on detailed and specific information about Madoff's fraud is further evidence of a culture of deference toward the Wall Street elite at the SEC," Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, a...
    on Sep 2, 2009 By: Charles Grassley Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. "We have been surprised by the market reaction to this decision even though we were quite positive about the merits of the acquisition," Satyam Chairman B. Ramalinga Raju said in a statement. "However, in deference to the views expressed by...
    on Dec 16, 2008 By: Ramalinga Raju Source: Reuters

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