What would be an example of deference?
Another term for deference is submission or the act of being passive. A person can have deference to authority by simply following all rules.
Deference means to defer to what somebody else says or wants to do. You put your own opinion aside and do it their way. If somebody else reads my answer and thinks it is OK but not perfect, but they choose not to "improve" this answer by adding their own answer, they are showing deference to my first answer.