1. polite respect, especially putting another persons interests first; 2. a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others. When learning the word deference, think of the related verb defer, which means “to submit or yield to another’s wish or opinion.”
– The professor, who is very esteemed by his colleagues, does not get the deference he deserves from his students.
– John and Maria are not religious, but they were married in church out of deference to their parents’ wishes.
– Entrepreneurship, in fact, success is all about deferred gratification.
– Defer not till tomorrow to be wise, tomorrow’s sun to thee may never rise.
homage, obeisance, reverence,
insolence, irreverence disesteem,
perfectly consistent and allowing for smooth transition and continuity. When something is seamless, it means that there is no noticeable change from one part to the next–it is “without seams.” Seamless is often used to describe a perfect plan or plot.
– Our company organized a series of seamless conventions and our customers seemed impressed.
– The movies seamless plot kept me engaged and guessing at the outcome until the very end.
– I hoped that the transition from my Microscoft operating system to my Apple OS would be seamless.
– The Dutch port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest, now enjoys seamless trade with Britain, but will be burdened by the need for customs checks and goods inspections if Brexit goes ahead as scheduled.