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 historyb : entitled to honor or respect —used as a title for the children of certain British noblemen and for various government officials the Honorable Judge Smith the Honorable Senator from California
3 : performed or accompanied with marks of honor or respect
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
honorabilityplay \ˌän-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌä-nə-\ noun
honorablenessplay \ˈän-rə-bəl-nəs, ˈä-nə-\ noun
honorablyplay \ˈän-rə-blē, ˈä-nə-\ 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.
Recent Examples of honorable from the Web
But the people in Dickenson and Buchanan counties are good, honorable folks.
Demetrius Capers (third grade) received an honorable mention in the engineering and materials science category.
The Honorable Jack R. Grate Jr. and the Honorable Jeffrey L. Bushur.
Named to the second team was sophomore outfielder/pitcher Sydney Jones, while freshman catcher/second baseman Arlene Osnaya and freshman infielder Kristal Bendfelt garnered honorable mention.
Indiana Law Enforcement Academy graduates and/or honorable military service are preferred, but not required.
Reliever Austin Bibens-Dirkx was forced to replace Griffin in the second inning and did an honorable job of saving the bullpen with four innings of relief.
Two are funded by a CalVet program to assist vets who would have a hard time finding homes because of less-than-honorable discharges.
He is also fixated on using his resources in honorable, inventive ways.
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Synonym Discussion of honorable
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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