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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.
identified as deferrers when contacted during the 2007 DEECD On Track survey
But of course there are more standpoints than just those of the deferrer and the deferee.
The authors' model of start-up characterises the individual at different stages, from dreamers to investigators, to either doers or deferrers.