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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.
But of course there are more standpoints than just those of the deferrer and the deferee.
For example, one study identified three patterns of participatory style among early-stage breast cancer patients: delayers, deferrers, and deliberators (Pierce 1993).