Deference

Pronunciation: [ def-er-uhns ]


Definition: noun

respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc., of another

Origin: Mid 17th century; French


Etymology: from French déférence, from déférer ‘refer’


Usage:


Synonyms:

  • yielding

  • complaisance

  • submission

Antonyms:

  • fight

  • disobedience

  • disregard

  • ignorance

  • noncompliance

Example:

When the new boss was hired, the team acted with deference and compliance to her wishes.

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