- (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
Examples from the Web for honorably
Peters joined the Navy Reserve in 1993 and was honorably discharged in 2008, the year he was elected to Congress.The (Sloppy) Swift-Boating of Michigan Democrat Gary Peters|Tim Mak|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was honorably discharged, and moved to California where he worked in the emergency room, earning praise from colleagues.Errol Morris’s “A Wilderness of Error” Revisits Jeffrey MacDonald Case|Raymond Bonner|August 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“I commend Mr. Santorum for handling this honorably,” Taylor said.Did Rick Santorum Win the Iowa Caucuses, Not Mitt Romney?|John Avlon|January 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I suppose one could argue that they were written by a friend, and Paul is honorably protecting that friend from scrutiny.Michael Tomasky: Time for Ron Paul to Fully Answer Racism Charges|Michael Tomasky|December 23, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Ledwith having been put in jail most honorably, the Captain led the others to the inn and located them sumptuously.The Art of Disappearing|John Talbot Smith
She refused her master, who had honorably offered her his name, his house, his all.Black Diamonds|Mr Jkai
Any detail of railroading that is not troublesome cannot honorably be described as continental.Following the Equator, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He had laid aside his Panama hat, and his hair was clipped closely, and was pleasantly and honorably sprinkled with gray.The Place of Honeymoons|Harold MacGrath
But he would be far more blessed in death than in life; for to live otherwise than honorably is a great burden.The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.|Euripides
Word Origin and History for honorably
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]