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honorable

[on-er-uh-buhl]
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  1. in accordance with or characterized by principles of honor; upright: They were all honorable men.
  2. of high rank, dignity, or distinction; noble, illustrious, or distinguished.
  3. worthy of honor and high respect; estimable; creditable.
  4. bringing honor or credit; consistent with honor.
  5. (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.
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Origin of honorable

1300–50; Middle English hono(u)rable < Anglo-French (Middle French honorable) < Latin honōrābilis. See honor, -able
Related formshon·or·a·ble·ness, nounhon·or·a·bly, adverbqua·si-hon·or·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-hon·or·a·bly, adverb

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Historical Examples of honorable

  • 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

adj.

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]
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