He asked me where my Pass was, and I turned very polite, deferential and apologetic, saying that I had left it at home.
Instead, he underplays and it's a joy to watch him assume just the right mask of deferential blandness to manage his Colonel.
There are also slavishly deferential entries on various historians and political scientists.
The growth of social movements has been limited because of deferential attitudes toward the state's role in public affairs.
Are the courts excessively deferential to the medical profession?
But now the courts seem inclined to be more deferential to the prosecution's side of this problem.
I asked, my tone polite and deferential - the latter being something which did not come naturally to me.
He was accompanied by a friend, a man of imposing physique, whose deferential manner and constant attention showed that his position was one of dependence.
He thoroughly deserved his long obituary, the tone of which is almost adulatory in parts, even allowing for the deferential standards of the time.
By contrast, those in favour of reform were accorded a respect that bordered on the deferential .