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

Other Words from honorable

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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The military issues thousands of less-than-honorable discharges every year, which disqualifies veterans from health and counseling benefits that may help them, according to the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Doug Collins, Hartford Courant, 28 Apr. 2022 As a company leader, your job is to not only establish honorable standards, but also ensure your teams abide by them. John Hall, Forbes, 1 May 2022 To turn it all down and do the right thing makes a really honorable character. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Apr. 2022 The dominant narrative in the British press in the run-up to the handover in 1997 was one of an honorable retreat. Louisa Lim, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 Appiah’s larger point is that calls to reason or morality are not typically what make the difference; instead, a society’s sense of what counts as honorable behavior has to flip. Gal Beckerman, The Atlantic, 19 Apr. 2022 The Duke of Wellington, that is, whose portrait, by Goya, has recently been acquired by the National Gallery, for a sizable sum that Bunton believes should have been spent on more honorable causes. The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2022 Hilarity ensues in the midst of their honorable efforts. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 7 Apr. 2022 The honorable leftist anti-Darwinian tradition of George Bernard Shaw has been forgotten and lost. M. D. Aeschliman, National Review, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honorable. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for honorable

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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