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synonyms for deferential

  • civil
  • courteous
  • obedient
  • polite
  • reverential
  • submissive
  • complaisant
  • disarming
  • duteous
  • dutiful
  • ingratiating
  • ingratiatory
  • insinuating
  • insinuative
  • obeisant
  • obsequious
  • regardful
  • saccharine
  • silken
  • silky

antonyms for deferential

MOST RELEVANT
  • disobedient
  • impolite
  • rude
  • uncivil
  • unmannerly
  • unrefined
  • arrogant
  • disrespectful
  • immodest
  • inconsiderate
  • noncompliant
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How to use deferential in a sentence

Every case is limited to the facts, and the appellate court was more deferential to Wooten’s testimony and expertise, said Abe Cisneros, another public records attorney.
APPELLATE COURT SAYS SAN DIEGO COUNTY CAN KEEP COVID-19 OUTBREAK DATA SECRETJESSE MARXAUGUST 3, 2021VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
The disarray of a scattered curriculum, the disenchantment of talented yet deferential faculty, and the disorientation of precious students loom large.
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Antony Blinken, who once served under Kerry, is now secretary of state, and Kerry has tried to remain deferential, even if his early enthusiasm has caused some administrative quandaries.
AFTER HALF A CENTURY IN PUBLIC LIFE, KERRY GETS ONE MORE SHOTMATT VISER, BRADY DENNISAPRIL 21, 2021WASHINGTON POST
EPD spokesperson Kevin Chambers, who did not make any agency officials available for an interview, said in a statement that the EPD “does not provide deferential treatment” to Georgia Power.
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Some have questioned whether he assumed that the crowd would be deferential to police or wondered if he was too focused on his impending retirement.
HOUSE SECURITY CHIEF SAID LAWMAKER WARINESS OF MILITARY AT CAPITOL DROVE HIS RESISTANCE TO EARLY REQUEST FOR NATIONAL GUARDROSALIND HELDERMAN, BETH REINHARD, KAROUN DEMIRJIAN, CAROL D. LEONNIGJANUARY 19, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Humans, in a hierarchical organization, are naturally deferential.
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There was in his manner towards her a mixture of business formality and the deferential attitude of a gentleman.
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"Mademoiselle," I said, and my manner was as deferential as it might have been to her mistress.
THE ROSE OF OLD ST. LOUISMARY DILLON
Festooned flowers, deferential service, barbaric, subtly lascivious music—this waste would have fed those workers for years!
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(placing an open copy of "Andromeda" in his hands with a charming air of deferential dictation).
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WORDS RELATED TO DEFERENTIAL

  • civil
  • courteous
  • courtly
  • decorous
  • deferential
  • dignified
  • exact
  • grandiose
  • impressive
  • majestic
  • moving
  • precise
  • proper
  • punctilious
  • seemly
  • solemn
  • starchy
  • stately
  • stiff
  • striking
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.