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[on-er-uh-buh l] /ˈɒn ər ə bəl/
in accordance with or characterized by principles of honor; upright:
They were all honorable men.
of high rank, dignity, or distinction; noble, illustrious, or distinguished.
worthy of honor and high respect; estimable; creditable.
bringing honor or credit; consistent with honor.
(initial capital letter)
  1. (used as a title of respect for certain ranking government officials.)
  2. British. (used as a title of courtesy for children of peers ranking below a marquis.)
    Abbreviation: Hon.
Origin of honorable
1300-50; Middle English hono(u)rable < Anglo-French (Middle French honorable) < Latin honōrābilis. See honor, -able
Related forms
honorableness, noun
honorably, adverb
quasi-honorable, adjective
quasi-honorably, adverb
1. honest, noble, just.
1. ignoble. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They were honorable men and would have scorned the course pursued by the ministers.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • I trust that I am now the prisoner of some honorable knight or gentleman.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In all this, the journalist of the future may find an honorable place.

  • Sez I, "I'd be honorable about it if I wuz in your place, and own up."

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 3. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • But he was very single-minded and honorable, and had much charm of manner.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
Word Origin and History for honorable

early 14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), from Old French honorable, from Latin honorabilis "that procures honor, estimable, honorable," from honorare "to honor" (see honor (n.)). Related: Honorably.

"Now, George, you must divide the cake honorably with your brother Charlie."--George: "What is 'honorably,' mother?" "It means that you must give him the largest piece."--George: "Then, mother, I should rather Charlie would cut it." ["Smart Sayings of Bright Children," collected by Howard Paul, 1886]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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