hon·​or·​able ˈä-nər-(ə-)bəl How to pronounce honorable (audio)
: deserving of respect or high regard : deserving of honor
an honorable profession
: of great renown : illustrious
the college's long and honorable history
: 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
: performed or accompanied with marks of honor or respect
: attesting to creditable conduct
honorable wounds
: consistent with a reputation that is not tarnished or sullied
an honorable withdrawal
received an honorable discharge from the army
: characterized by integrity : guided by a keen sense of duty and ethical conduct
Brutus is an honorable manWilliam Shakespeare
assured her that his intentions were honorable
honorability noun
honorableness noun
ˈän-rə-blē How to pronounce honorable (audio)
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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Word History


see honor entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of honorable was in the 14th century

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“Honorable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honorable. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


hon·​or·​able ˈän-(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce honorable (audio)
: deserving of honor
used as a title especially for various government officials
: performed or accompanied with marks of honor
an honorable burial
: doing credit to the possessor
honorable wounds
: characterized by honesty : ethical
honorably adverb

Legal Definition


: entitled to honor
used as a title for various government officials

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