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US honorable

  1. possessing or characterized by high principleshonourable intentions
  2. worthy of or entitled to honour or esteem
  3. consistent with or bestowing honour
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Derived Formshonourableness or US honorableness, nounhonourably or US honorably, adverb


US Honorable

  1. the Honourable (prenominal) a title of respect placed before a name: employed before the names of various officials in the English-speaking world, as a courtesy title in Britain for the children of viscounts and barons and the younger sons of earls, and in Parliament by one member speaking of anotherAbbreviation: Hon
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Examples from the Web for honourable

Historical Examples

  • Would it be so criminal when it all tends to what is honourable—marriage?

    The Imaginary Invalid


  • A most honourable person, but one who has had many misfortunes.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • There is an ingenuousness, an honourable frankness about him, that I love.

  • This is not an honourable way of proceeding in Mr. Lovelace.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • That would have been asking too much, of the most honourable man, in the circumstances.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

Word Origin and History for honourable


chiefly British English spelling of honorable; also see -or. Related: Honourably.

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