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/ˈɒnərəbəl; ˈɒnrəbəl/
possessing or characterized by high principles: honourable intentions
worthy of or entitled to honour or esteem
consistent with or bestowing honour
Derived Forms
honourableness, (US) honorableness, noun
honourably, (US) honorably, adverb


/ˈɒnərəbəl; ˈɒnrəbəl/
(prenominal) the Honourable, a title of respect placed before a name: employed before the names of various officials in the English-speaking world, as a courtesy title in Britain for the children of viscounts and barons and the younger sons of earls, and in Parliament by one member speaking of another Hon
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Examples from the Web for honourable
Historical Examples
  • Would it be so criminal when it all tends to what is honourable—marriage?

  • A most honourable person, but one who has had many misfortunes.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • There is an ingenuousness, an honourable frankness about him, that I love.

  • This is not an honourable way of proceeding in Mr. Lovelace.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • That would have been asking too much, of the most honourable man, in the circumstances.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • It is my honourable friend (if he will allow me to call him so) the fifer.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • It is quite as honourable, or dishonourable, which ever it may be, as any other branch of business.

  • And they are so honourable down in the city that nobody ever gets cheated.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • It would be dishonourable, and he is, so far as I know, an honourable man of business.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • All work that brings honest gain is honourable, whether it be of hand or mind.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
Word Origin and History for honourable

chiefly British English spelling of honorable; also see -or. Related: Honourably.

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