Definition of honorable
1 : deserving of honor
2 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
3 : performed or accompanied with marks of honor or respect
4 a : attesting to creditable conduct b : consistent with an untarnished reputation <an honorable withdrawal>
5 : characterized by integrity : guided by a high sense of honor and duty
honorabilityplay \ˌän-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌä-nə-\ noun
honorablenessplay \ˈän-rə-bəl-nəs, ˈä-nə-\ noun
honorablyplay \-blē\ adverb
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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HONORABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of honorable for English Language Learners
: deserving honor and respect
: having or showing honesty and good moral character
: fair and proper : not deserving blame or criticism
HONORABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of honorable for Students
Legal Definition of honorable
: entitled to honor —used as a title for various government officials
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