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.
Origin and Etymology of honorable
First Known Use: 14th century
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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