adjective hon·or·able \ˈä-nər-(ə-)bəl, ˈän-rə-\

: deserving honor and respect

: having or showing honesty and good moral character

: fair and proper : not deserving blame or criticism

Full Definition of HONORABLE

:  deserving of honor
a :  of great renown :  illustrious
b :  entitled to honor —used as a title for the children of certain British noblemen and for various government officials
:  performed or accompanied with marks of honor or respect
a :  attesting to creditable conduct
b :  consistent with an untarnished reputation <an honorable withdrawal>
:  characterized by integrity :  guided by a high sense of honor and duty
hon·or·abil·i·ty \ˌän-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌä-nə-\ noun
hon·or·able·ness \ˈän-rə-bəl-nəs, ˈä-nə-\ noun
hon·or·ably \-blē\ adverb

Examples of HONORABLE

  1. The college has a long and honorable history.
  2. It is not honorable of you to behave like that.
  3. They are trying to find an honorable way out of this dispute.
  4. He assured her that his intentions were honorable.
  5. He received an honorable discharge from the army.

First Known Use of HONORABLE

14th century

Synonym Discussion of HONORABLE

upright, honest, just, conscientious, scrupulous, honorable mean having or showing a strict regard for what is morally right. upright implies a strict adherence to moral principles <a stern and upright minister>. honest stresses adherence to such virtues as truthfulness, candor, fairness <known for being honest in business dealings>. just stresses conscious choice and regular practice of what is right or equitable <workers given just compensation>. conscientious and scrupulous imply an active moral sense governing all one's actions and painstaking efforts to follow one's conscience <conscientious in the completion of her assignments> <scrupulous in carrying out the terms of the will>. honorable suggests a firm holding to codes of right behavior and the guidance of a high sense of honor and duty <a difficult but honorable decision>.

Other Forms of Address Terms

appellation, beatitude, brethren, emeritus, esquire, sire, sous
HONORABLE Defined for Kids


adjective hon·or·able \ˈä-nə-rə-bəl, ˈän-rə-bəl\

Definition of HONORABLE for Kids

:  bringing about or deserving honor <It's an honorable achievement.>
:  observing ideas of honor or reputation <They're seeking an honorable peace.>
:  having high moral standards of behavior :  ethical, upright <She is too honorable to stoop to cheating.>
hon·or·ably \-blē\ adverb


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