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1 defer

(dĕ-fer′) [Fr. différer, to differ, fr L. diferre, carry in different directions, differ]
To delay or postpone a decision or action.

2 defer

(dĕ-fer′) [Fr. déférer, fr L. deferre, to carry down, report, accuse]
To yield respectfully to the opinions or desires of others.
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For example, because deferrers are not involved intricately in the decision-making process, they risk being unpleasantly surprised at the outcome of treatment.
If you give a scientific article to a deferrer, they won't read it, [even though] they'll feel guilty about not reading it.
For example, are these deferrers 'lost' to the system?
identified as deferrers when contacted during the 2007 DEECD On Track survey