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)
  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.

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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Examples from the Web for honorably

Contemporary Examples of honorably

Historical Examples of honorably

  • He couldn't possibly have come by it honorably or without knowing what it was.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • And I can't speak to her, honorably, without telling her everything.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Of the chief Boston politicians, all ended their days honorably.

  • 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.

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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper