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  1. bound by or placed under the obligation of honor:

    She felt honor-bound to defend her friend.

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Idioms and Phrases

Obliged by one's personal integrity, as in She was honor bound to admit that it was her work and not her sister's . Also see on one's honor .

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Example Sentences

Karpov alleged that he was honor-bound to protect his “substantial reputation in the jurisdiction of England and Wales.”

Further, before a subpoena is issued, the government is honor bound to negotiate with the party to which it is directed.

His work, Honor Bound, hit The New York Times bestseller list last week.

But don't you see, Miss Nell, you are in honor bound not to go on with this?

Alfred argued with the mother that he had accepted money from Eli and was in honor bound to work it out.

The commodore, however, felt that he was in honor bound to send the two young men back to their homes; and did so.

Until now he had forgotten the compact made with her, and which he was in honor bound to keep.

But as I had set up for myself I felt in honor bound meanwhile to earn my own living.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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