hon·​or·​able | \ˈä-nər-(ə-)bəl, 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 , ˌä-​nə-​ \ noun
honorableness \ ˈän-​rə-​bəl-​nəs , ˈä-​nə-​ \ noun
honorably \ ˈän-​rə-​blē , 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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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, Fox News, "Ohio begins preparations to execute killer of man met in bar," 17 July 2018 After high school, Patrick was drafted into the US Army and served in Vietnam until his honorable discharge as a sergeant in 1969. courant.com, "Patrick Francis Carney," 11 July 2018 Next to the mustache is the mayor, the honorable Joe Hogsett, whose boyish bangs are his most distinctive physical trait. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Mayor Hogsett, Little League players, even grandmothers go bald to honor Jack Klein," 2 June 2018 This new incarnation of the Eagles allowed listeners to mourn and celebrate Frey, presenting the band's classic material in an honorable and professional way. Mary Colurso, AL.com, "Is it really the Eagles without Glenn Frey? Yes, but ...," 20 Apr. 2018 Twelve honorable people — a jury of Cosby’s peers — have spoken. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Bill Cosby Turns 81 Today — as Possible 30-Year Sentence Looms After Sex Assault Conviction," 12 July 2018 The Cambridge family is back in the spotlight — and with an honorable new member, Prince Louis. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Body Language Experts Analyze the Royal Family at Prince Louis's Christening," 9 July 2018 Others see him as an innovative financial trailblazer who paid for his crimes and then aggressively took up honorable causes with his philanthropy and personal campaigning. James F. Peltz, latimes.com, "Anthony Scaramucci, L.A.'s Gary Winnick encouraging pardon for 'junk bond king' Michael Milken," 16 June 2018 To be honorable is to be brave, committed, and self-sacrificing. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "Does Honor Matter?," 3 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'honorable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of honorable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for honorable

see honor entry 1

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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


hon·​or·​able | \ˈä-nə-rə-bəl, 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



Legal Definition of honorable 

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

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