[ UK /dˌɛfəɹˈɛnʃə‍lˌi/ ]
  1. in a respectfully deferential manner
    he listened deferentially
  2. in a servile manner
    he always acts so deferentially around his supervisor
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How To Use deferentially In A Sentence

  • he listened deferentially
  •    Or: he'd take one look at the police, realize the jig was up and I was seriously not someone worth messing with, and he'd clam up, recede into his cowardice, and all-too-compliantly-and-deferentially slink out the door. A Bite-Sized Piece
  • Now, let me see, ' said Hurstwood, looking over Carrie's shoulder very deferentially.
  • The signor is a good friend of the young milord and miladi? "questioned the landlord, deferentially, but very anxiously; for just then it flashed upon his memory that two years previous another grand" signor, "of reverend age like this one, had come inquiring about the young pair, and had ended in breaking up their union for the time. The Lost Lady of Lone
  • he always acts so deferentially around his supervisor
  • I am prompted to do so by the panegyrics pronounced by one and all here on the deed which is to form "the brightest page in contemporaneous history;" and, being in the minority, I must needs bow deferentially to the opinions of the mass. The Mason and Slidell Case, and Its Effect on the Americans
  • Where others cringed in the face of officialism, the ex-ambassador had stepped forth as a master: he had shown a badge, spoken a word mayhap, and the man in the tent who had made other people tremble, stood up deferentially and obeyed all commands. The Elusive Pimpernel
  • As he moved into the darkened hallway he could see those conifers bowing deferentially to the strong breeze.
  • Amy nodded deferentially and kicked off her shoes, settling into the soft, downy bed, leaving the door flung wide open.
  • Traditionally, it's been a place where each neighborhood has a strong character with its own behavioral code that is not necessarily scrutable to or convenient for the sojourner, and where he or she might be expected to behave deferentially or at least respectfully while visiting. Going by the Book: Signs from Above
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