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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His bio was changed to reflect his new ambitions: After an honorable discharge, Joe committed himself to more peaceful action, shifting his attitude radically from warrior to peacenik to mirror the new political climate. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 So there's lot of parallels but things are different, so the music will hopefully be honorable to the Star Wars canon from John. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "'Solo' Composer John Powell Talks Channeling Han & Working With John Williams," 24 May 2018 Our 41st president was the most honorable, decent and capable of gentlemen—as close to the ideal of the office as anyone in our lifetimes. Dan Quayle, WSJ, "George Bush: ‘Be Prepared and Be Loyal’," 1 Dec. 2018 Juniors Jocelyn Urias and Ashley Brown were honorable-mention selections. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Washington State men down Cal State Northridge 103-94," 27 Nov. 2018 Wallace also grapples with how that version of a man — honorable, likeable, human — can also be a cut-throat, ambitious politician. Caroline Houck, Vox, "Who was John McCain? The best answer is in this 18-year-old David Foster Wallace essay," 26 Aug. 2018 Kasich should have given more weight to Van Hook’s military service and his inability to receive care from Veterans Affairs for his mental health and addiction issues after his honorable discharge, according to Van Hook’s attorneys. Andrew Welsh-huggins, The Seattle Times, "Ohio begins preparations to execute killer of man met in bar," 16 July 2018 It should be said that the former Marine General resigned in honorable fashion. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Mattis Repercussions," 21 Dec. 2018 To become citizens, the service members need an honorable service designation, which can come after even just a few days at boot camp. CBS News, "U.S. Army abruptly discharging immigrant recruits: AP," 6 July 2018

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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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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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