- given for honor only, without the usual requirements, duties, privileges, emoluments, etc.: The university presented the new governor with an honorary degree.
- holding a title or position conferred for honor only: an honorary president.
- (of an obligation) depending on one's honor for fulfillment.
- conferring or commemorating honor or distinction.
- given, made, or serving as a token of honor: an honorary gift.
Origin of honorary
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- (esp of a position, title, etc) held or given only as an honour, without the normal privileges or dutiesan honorary degree
- (of a secretary, treasurer, etc) unpaid
- having such a position or title
- depending on honour rather than legal agreement
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Word Origin and History for honorarily
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