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 officials the 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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Sampson received an honorable discharge and went back to Massachusetts. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Diary Sheds Light on Deborah Sampson, Who Fought in the Revolutionary War," 2 July 2019 Although he was still given an honorable discharge, Army documents reviewed by Tallahassee police show Beierle was investigated for inappropriate contact with female soldiers. Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "He always hated women. Then he decided to kill them.," 7 June 2019 With an equivalent agenda, an authentic Christian conservative—which is to say, an honorable and moral person—would have been better for America. John Cullen, Harper's magazine, "Donald Trump Is a Good President," 10 Jan. 2019 This is as honorable a human employment as anyone could wish. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 An honorable man who served our country in the USN from 1948-1952 during the Korean War. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/9," 9 June 2019 The dig showed that no matter how honorable the job may seem, and despite the esteem that the justices enjoy as the most powerful lawyers in the US, working on the high court involves dull duties, like any other gig. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg dishes on the US Supreme Court," 9 June 2019 Marie Curie, Chien-Shiung Wu, Emmy Noether, and Vera Rubin are just a few of the many honorable women in science. Discover Magazine, "Women in Science," 4 Jan. 2019 Burial at the national cemetery is open to veterans who received an honorable discharge, along with their spouses and children. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Veterans can learn how to get free burial plots at bus tour to national cemetery," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of honorable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for honorable

see honor entry 1

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honorable

adjective

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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