(1) In sharp contrast to many of his rivals, he had a modest and deferential manner which put those in authority at their ease.(2) Everything else is carried out with pomp and ceremony by the deferential , impeccably mannered, staff.(3) The growth of social movements has been limited because of deferential attitudes toward the state's role in public affairs.(4) They are amazingly deferential to men and try to placate them.(5) He felt that he was always deferential and respectful.(6) He thoroughly deserved his long obituary, the tone of which is almost adulatory in parts, even allowing for the deferential standards of the time.(7) There are also slavishly deferential entries on various historians and political scientists.(8) Instead, he underplays and it's a joy to watch him assume just the right mask of deferential blandness to manage his Colonel.(9) Some bosses like their employees to be blunt and assertive; others like them respectful and deferential .(10) Though Trench was deferential to authority he was also a man of valour.(11) The social changes of the last 50 years have created an electorate less loyal to individual parties and no longer deferential towards politicians.(12) She is combative, not deferential , but not as effective as I'd like to see.(13) He asked me where my Pass was, and I turned very polite, deferential and apologetic, saying that I had left it at home.(14) By contrast, those in favour of reform were accorded a respect that bordered on the deferential .(15) I asked, my tone polite and deferential - the latter being something which did not come naturally to me.(16) It's particularly difficult if you're doing those role-changes with people you have been used to being highly deferential towards.