- in accordance with or characterized by principles of honor; upright: They were all honorable men.
- of high rank, dignity, or distinction; noble, illustrious, or distinguished.
- worthy of honor and high respect; estimable; creditable.
- bringing honor or credit; consistent with honor.
- (initial capital letter)
- (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
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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
October 13, 2014
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
August 30, 2012
“I commend Mr. Santorum for handling this honorably,” Taylor said.Did Rick Santorum Win the Iowa Caucuses, Not Mitt Romney?
January 18, 2012
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
December 23, 2011
He couldn't possibly have come by it honorably or without knowing what it was.Her Father's Daughter
And I can't speak to her, honorably, without telling her everything.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
Of the chief Boston politicians, all ended their days honorably.The Siege of Boston
I hope you will always carry yourself as honorably as you did today.The New Land
Elma Ehrlich Levinger
In his embarrassment Hale blundered upon the thought he had honorably avoided.Snow-Bound at Eagle's
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]