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
Here are some more honorable mentions of things millennials apparently killed in 2016: •
Military who qualify for the free admission ticket include active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID.
The idea is to be an honorable, nurturing sensei for your menagerie of weird little creatures – not just to teach them to fight like cybercocks but also to help them evolve onward to a more ennobled state.
Szokol continued playing competitively in college, first at Northwestern and later at Virginia, where she was named an honorable mention All-American as a senior in 2016 by the Women's Golf Coaches Association.
Other honorable mentions: Spencer's random horse, Ashley Marin's monologue about eating pizza with a knife and fork, and Melissa's two-second cameo.
Patrick Casey, her 28-year-old male cousin, held the honorable position.
God save the United States and this honorable Court.
Mitchell, an honorable mention selection on the Daily Southtown All-Area team, had offers from Ball State, Central Michigan, Western Illinois, Northern Iowa and Illinois State among others.
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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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