deferentially deferentially


  1. (adv) in a servile manner
  2. (adv) in a respectfully deferential manner


  1. When he meets people, he pulls his feet together and deferentially drops his head.
  2. They laughed at his incredible yarns, gobbled up his extra rations, deferentially addressed him as Judge.
  3. The reporters bowed deferentially, for this was one of the few species of humanity that reporters respecta talented member of their own calling, a reporter risen to publisher.



  1. "What is happening," wrote Mary McGrory, The Washington Star columnist, "is that violet-eyed damsels from Smith are pinning McCarthy buttons on tattooed mill workers, and Ph.Ds from Cornell, shaven and shorn for world peace, are deferentially...
    on Mar 1, 2008 By: Mary McGrory Source: Yahoo! News

  2. As Vincent writes in her amusing, bombastic, and highly unpersuasive book, "Self-Made Man": "Seeing those guys looking away deferentially when they thought I was male, I could validate in retrospect the true hostility of their former stares."
    on Jan 19, 2006 By: Norah Vincent Source: CNN

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subordinate subordinate
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