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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n deference a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard "his deference to her wishes was very flattering","be sure to give my respects to the dean"
    • n deference a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
    • n deference courteous regard for people's feelings "in deference to your wishes","out of respect for his privacy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Deference A yielding of judgment or preference from respect to the wishes or opinion of another; submission in opinion; regard; respect; complaisance. "Deference to the authority of thoughtful and sagacious men.""Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deference A yielding in opinion; submission to the opinion, judgment, or wish of another; hence, regard, respect, or submission in general: as, a blind deference to authority.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Deference a deferring or yielding in judgment or opinion: regard: submission
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  • Seneca
    “The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger.”
  • Mikhail Bakunin
    Mikhail Bakunin
    “Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the boot-maker.”
  • Joseph Fort Newton
    Joseph Fort Newton
    “A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “Great men always pay deference to greater.”
  • Peggy Cahn
    Peggy Cahn
    “I believe the sign of maturity is accepting deferred gratification.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. déférence,. See 3d Defer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deferrede, down, and ferre, to bear.


In literature:

Oh, I tasted the whole heart-sickness of hope deferred; Giant Despair was my constant bed-fellow.
"Grey Roses" by Henry Harland
Surely these repairs had better be deferred until the spring, when the weather will be more favorable for such work?
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
With all due deference to your superior taste I cannot agree with you.
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
Filial obedience and deference to age was the first lesson.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
So he needed a rich wife sorely, and was not disposed to defer his happiness.
"The Fatal Glove" by Clara Augusta Jones Trask
I hoped Uncle Max would defer the introduction as long as possible.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Sometimes it is hope deferred.
"American Missionary, Volume 43, No. 2, February, 1889" by Various
I will make it up to him, or try to do so, by extra deference.
"For Woman's Love" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
He put it carefully aside, resolved to defer the attempt till night.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
On no account should the attempt be made while the soil conditions are unfavourable, even if the sowing is thereby deferred for some time.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
It was agreed that the battle should be deferred till daybreak.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 1 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Much of my former Address, originated in deference to that sense of right, which is inseparable from the minds of enlightened Patriots.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
The young man's sudden deference amused her highly.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
It will be deferred until the market in its strength or weakness favors their aims.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
Treat the Consulars with deference.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
He did this solely out of deference to her wishes, but not, I think, with any hope that his purpose would be changed.
"Hugh" by Arthur Christopher Benson
I say that with all due deference to Lady Chiltern's better judgment.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Nor was the Latin war, which had been fomenting for several years, any longer deferred.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
Beneath his deference to our sex he carries an imperious will, and would demand no less.
"The Mayor of Troy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The question of divorce is so important that we must defer it to the next chapter.
"Woman and Womanhood" by C. W. Saleeby

In poetry:

For days of care, and hope deferred,
O grant us years of large increase,
Till from above thy voice is heard;
"Ye faithful ones, depart in peace."
"Hymns for Ordination and Installation V" by John Pierpont
I looked for that which is not, nor can be,
And hope deferred made my heart sick in truth:
But years must pass before a hope of youth
Is resigned utterly.
"A Pause Of Thought" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Unto my betters, whether great or small,
I must with decent deference behave,
And due submission show unto them all,
And ne'er licentiously against them rave.
"The Ten Commandments " by Rees Prichard
Than, in this hamlet of the plain,
A less sublime repose to gain,
Where Nature, genial and urbane,
To man defers,
Yielding to us the right to reign,
Which yet is hers.
"In Laleham Churchyard" by William Watson
The case being simple in English, the Bench
Resorted, of course, to their old Norman French;
But the Bar being frightened, thought best to defer it,
And pray out the writ latitat et discurrit.
"Scire Facias" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
Come, Lord, my head doth burn, my heart is sick,
While thou dost ever, ever stay:
Thy long deferrings wound me to the quick,
My spirit gaspeth night and day.
O show thy self to me,
Or take me up to thee!
"Home" by George Herbert

In news:

Manufacturers are declaring victory after the Environmental Protection Agency's announcement that it would indefinitely defer implementing controversial air quality standards for boilers and some solid waste incinerators.
O-W Directors Appeal for Deferment.
The board of directors of the Oroville-Wyandotte Irrigation District announced today that it was seeking a deferment for Manager Dean P Larson, who was called by the Air Force Thursday afternoon.
San Diego County Deferred Compensation Program is searching for a bundled provider for its 401(a) and 457 plans, confirmed Richard Mccarvell, assistant procurement contracting officer.
During the Enid Renaissance Project's infancy, City Hall explained that it would be funded from savings, a redefinition of the sales tax passed by voters in 2007 and a stipulation that deferred payment of water bonds.
Defer Chattanooga Village for now.
EPA defers regulations for coal-fired power plants.
Defers STAAR test as part of student's grades.
San Diego County Deferred Compensation Program.
San Diego County Deferred Compensation Program in February will notify firms chosen from an RFQ for a bundled provider, and the plan will recommend a hire in August.
Council defers conditional use vote.
Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis said action on a plan to establish a Lebanon Middle School in the building which formerly belonged to Lebanon High School will be deferred until after the first of the year.
Hundreds of Valley youth are set to benefit from the president's deferred action on deportation .
It was June when President Barack Obama announced the deferred action program, whereby qualified undocumented immigrants may receive two years of protection from deportation .
The "Gale-Shapley" deferred-acceptance algorithm that they developed not only theoretically solved the problem but has also been shown to have practical relevance.

In science:

More accurate numerical studies, with improved calculations of the molecular dielectrical response, are deferred to a forthcoming paper.
van der Waals interaction of parallel polymers and nanotubes
Instead of repeating the calculation for SU(2), we will defer until later when we consider the general U(N ) and SU(N ) cases.
String Theory and the Vacuum Structure of Confining Gauge Theories
We defer to Manners et al. (2003 and 2004) for more details on the X-ray data reduction and analysis.
Complete Multiwavelength Characterization of Faint Chandra X-ray Sources Seen in the Spitzer Wide-Area IR Extragalactic (SWIRE) Survey
We defer to Berta et al. (2003) and Prouton et al. (2004) for further discussion about this point.
Complete Multiwavelength Characterization of Faint Chandra X-ray Sources Seen in the Spitzer Wide-Area IR Extragalactic (SWIRE) Survey
In order not to distract the reader, we defer this rather technical proof in the Appendix.
On the singularity probability of random Bernoulli matrices
A proper statement of the results requires a fair bit of notation, and will be deferred to the next section.
Generalized Markoff Maps and McShane's Identity
We can also use the results and methodology in this paper to find local statistics on the joint distribution of the size and complexity of the dominant component of G(n, p) in the supercritical regime, which we defer to a future publication .
Counting Connected Graphs Asymptotically
The key for this is our next lemma (whose proof is deferred to the end of the section).
How large a disc is covered by a random walk in n steps?
In order to maintain the flow of the presentation, we defer the proof of the second half to the appendix.
Central limit theorems for random polytopes in a smooth convex set
We now make two claims, whose proof we defer until later.
On o-minimality of extensions of $\R$ by restricted generic smooth functions
The proofs are deferred to the end of this section.
Random-cluster representation of the Blume-Capel model
We defer the proof of this lemma to the Appendix.
Limit theory for the random on-line nearest-neighbour graph
First, we need the following result, the proof of which we defer to the Appendix.
Limit theory for the random on-line nearest-neighbour graph
The proofs of these claims are deferred to the end of this section.
Universality for the distance in finite variance random graphs: Extended version
The proofs of the above lemmas are deferred to the end of this section.
Universality for the distance in finite variance random graphs: Extended version