Learner's definition of DEFERENCE
a way of behaving that shows respect for someone or something
— often + to
in deference to
out 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
[more deferential; most deferential]