deference

[ def-er-uhns ]

Part of Speech

noun

Definition

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

Origin + Etymology

from French déférence, from déférer ‘refer’

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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