Learner's definition of DEFERENCE
: a way of behaving that shows respect for someone or something — often + to
in deference toorout of deference to
: in order to show respect for the opinions or influence of (someone or something) : out of respect for (someone or something)
He decided not to get a tattoo in deference to his mother.
The police have not yet revealed the victim's name out of deference to his family.
customs used in deference to tradition
— deferential/ˌdɛfəˈrɛnʃəl/adjective,[more deferential; most deferential]