- 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)
- (used as a title of respect for certain ranking government officials.)
- British.(used as a title of courtesy for children of peers ranking below a marquis.) Abbreviation: Hon.
Origin of honorable
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Examples from the Web for honorable
In a way, this is worse than the racism of white supremacists, since this is thought to be an honorable attitude.Dear White People: Well-Meaning Paternalism Is Still Racist
December 9, 2014
She did what she could and had, as far as I know, an honorable career.Dems, It’s Time to Dump Dixie
December 8, 2014
 Bone was an Indianan, and had a long and honorable career in journalism, stretching from 1881 to 1918.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
The consumption of rabbit meat has a long, honorable history in the United States.Whole Foods Wants to Feed You Cute, Furry Bunnies
August 19, 2014
In this way he was, in the truest and most honorable sense, a conservative.American Dreams: Saul Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation
July 27, 2014
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.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
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
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]