- marked by or showing deference: She was always deferent to her elders.
- conveying away; efferent.
- of or relating to the vas deferens.
- Astronomy. (in the Ptolemaic system) the circle around the earth in which a celestial body or the center of the epicycle of its orbit was thought to move.
- another word for deferential
- (esp of a bodily nerve, vessel, or duct) conveying an impulse, fluid, etc, outwards, down, or away; efferent
- astronomy (in the Ptolemaic system) a circle centred on the earth around which the centre of the epicycle was thought to move
1620s, from French déférent (16c.), from Latin deferentem (nominative deferens), present participle of deferre “to carry down or away” (see defer (v.2)). Earlier in Middle English as a word in astronomy (early 15c.).
- Carrying down or away, as a duct or vessel.