honorable

adjective
hon·​or·​able | \ ˈä-nər-(ə-)bəl How to pronounce honorable (audio) , ˈän-rə- \

Definition of honorable

1 : deserving of respect or high regard : deserving of honor an honorable profession
2a : of great renown : illustrious the college's long and honorable history
b : entitled to honor or respect used as a title for the children of certain British noblemen and for various government officialsthe Honorable Judge Smiththe Honorable Senator from California
3 : performed or accompanied with marks of honor or respect
4a : attesting to creditable conduct honorable wounds
b : consistent with a reputation that is not tarnished or sullied an honorable withdrawal received an honorable discharge from the army
5 : characterized by integrity : guided by a keen sense of duty and ethical conduct Brutus is an honorable man— William Shakespeare assured her that his intentions were honorable

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Other Words from honorable

honorability \ ˌän-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce honorability (audio) , ˌä-​nə-​ \ noun
honorableness \ ˈän-​rə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce honorableness (audio) , ˈä-​nə-​ \ noun
honorably \ ˈän-​rə-​blē How to pronounce honorably (audio) , ˈä-​nə-​ \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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, or 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

Examples of honorable in a Sentence

The college has a long and honorable history. It is not honorable of you to behave like that. They are trying to find an honorable way out of this dispute. He assured her that his intentions were honorable. He received an honorable discharge from the army.
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Recent Examples on the Web Focus on handling your responsibilities in an honorable manner throughout November and reassess any troublesome situations in December, when your judgment is much improved. oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 19, 2020: Happy birthday Paul Dano; Aries, set aside some ‘me’ time," 19 June 2020 Faced with the choice between Trump’s vindictiveness and the moral obligation to report presidential wrongdoing to Congress, witnesses like Alexander Vindman and Marie Yovanovitch chose the honorable path last year. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "John Bolton: American Coward," 18 June 2020 Isaac Woodward had just received an honorable discharge. National Geographic, "‘It was a modern-day lynching’: Violent deaths reflect a brutal American legacy," 4 June 2020 Sukhov is honorable, inventive, and faithful to his wife throughout the film. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "I was bored, so I watched the movie that astronauts must view before launch," 8 Apr. 2020 Senior leaders offered him a way out as his enlistment neared its end: Take an other-than-honorable discharge or risk a dishonorable discharge later. Alex Horton, BostonGlobe.com, "VA unlawfully turned away vulnerable veterans for decades, study says, with 400,000 more at risk," 5 Mar. 2020 In other words, Harvey’s stretch of Arkansas, like the rest of America’s vast and unequal interior, would have benefited greatly from some durable monuments to the honorable traditions of reform. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, "What Richard Hofstadter Got Wrong," 16 Apr. 2020 To one of the bravest and honorable men in racing... Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Camping World shares powerful John Andretti tribute video during Truck Series race at Daytona," 15 Feb. 2020 The main cast of characters also includes a ruthless defense lawyer (Audrey Fleurot), an honorable judge (Philippe Duclos) and a dashing prosecutor (Grégory Fitoussi). Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "Need to Escape? Stream These 12 Great Foreign-Language TV Shows," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of honorable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for honorable

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Cite this Entry

“Honorable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honorable. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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honorable

adjective
How to pronounce honorable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of honorable

: deserving honor and respect
: having or showing honesty and good moral character
: fair and proper : not deserving blame or criticism

honorable

adjective
hon·​or·​able | \ ˈä-nə-rə-bəl How to pronounce honorable (audio) , ˈän-rə-bəl \

Kids Definition of honorable

1 : bringing about or deserving honor It's an honorable achievement.
2 : observing ideas of honor or reputation They're seeking an honorable peace.
3 : having high moral standards of behavior : ethical, upright She is too honorable to stoop to cheating.

Other Words from honorable

honorably \ -​blē \ adverb

honorable

adjective
hon·​or·​able

Legal Definition of honorable

: entitled to honor used as a title for various government officials

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