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Sample sentences for the GRE study word deferential

deferential can be used as a adj

1.He was deferential to Sir James, whom he recognized. - from The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
2.Sowerberry, after several deferential glances at his wife, said. - from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
3.Darya Alexandrovna liked her neatness, her deferential and obliging manners, but she felt ill at ease with her. - from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
4.Over his ivory-inlaid table, Ahab presided like a mute, maned sea-lion on the white coral beach, surrounded by his warlike but still deferential cubs. - from Moby Dick; or The Whale by Herman Melville
5.In other people's presence I was, as formerly, deferential and quiet any other line of conduct being uncalled for it was only in the evening conferences I thus thwarted and afflicted him. - from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
6.On reaching the offices of the board, Stepan Arkadyevitch, escorted by a deferential porter with a portfolio, went into his little private room, put on his uniform, and went into the boardroom. - from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
7."This is what I want, my dear fellow," said the count to the deferential young man who had entered. - from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
8.Rostov's deferential tone seemed to indicate that though he would consider himself happy to be acquainted with her, he did not wish to take advantage of her misfortunes to intrude upon her. - from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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