Definition of honorable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈänərəb(ə)l/
(British honourable)


1Bringing or worthy of honor: this is the only honorable course a decent and honorable man
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  • By resigning she did the honourable thing and deserves credit for that.
  • Her husband followed later after completing a long and honourable career in the airline business.
  • They told the 66-year-old that the honourable course of action would be to resign.
1.1 formal or humorous (Of the intentions of a man courting a woman) directed toward marriage: the young man’s intentions had been honorable
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  • I was beginning to feel all tingly as he gazed into the limpid pool of my eyes and professed his honorable intentions.
  • I went home with this girl once and her father asked, ‘Are your intentions honourable or dishonourable?’
  • He couldn't risk having her think his intentions were less than honorable.
2 (Honorable) Used as a title indicating eminence or distinction, given especially to judges and certain high officials: the Honorable Richard Morris Esquire, chief justice of the supreme court of our state
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  • The Rt. Honourable Bernard Edward Barnaby Fitz-Patrick was born at Lisduff House, Errill on April 28, 1848.
  • His next greeting was to the Honourable Jimmy Carter, President of the United States of America.
  • The Honorable William H. Pryor Jr. served as the Attorney General of the State of Alabama from 1997-2004.



Pronunciation: /ˈänər(ə)bəlnəs/ /ˈänrəbəlnəs/
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  • His fundamental kindness and honorableness have always impressed me.
  • First, the honourableness with which the minister is facing the issue should be an object lesson to public men everywhere.
  • He should really stop talking about the honorableness of public officials resigning when they have differences with their bosses.


Pronunciation: /ˈänər(ə)blē/ /ˈänrəblē/
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  • He had reached a wrong conclusion, but there was every indication that he had come to this decision honestly and honourably.
  • We'd all like to think that if you conduct yourself honorably and decently and fairly, you'll never come under attack.
  • We will be vigorously defending this action as we are satisfied that we have behaved both responsibly and honourably in every way in our dealings with him.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin honorabilis, from honor 'honor'.

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Syllabification: hon·or·a·ble

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