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honourable

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒn(ə)rəb(ə)l
 
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(US honorable)

Definition of honourable in English:

adjective

1Bringing or deserving honour: this is the only honourable course a decent and honourable man
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
morally correct, honest, moral, ethical, principled, righteous, right-minded, full of integrity;
decent, respected, respectable, venerable, virtuous, good, upstanding, upright, worthy, noble, high-principled, fair, just, truthful, trustworthy, trusty, law-abiding, incorruptible, reliable, reputable, dependable, faithful
illustrious, distinguished, eminent, great, admirable, glorious, prestigious, noble, notable, creditable, renowned, esteemed
1.1 formal or humorous (Of the intentions of a man courting a woman) directed towards marriage: the young man’s intentions had been honourable
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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 (Honourable) Used as a title for certain high officials, the children of certain ranks of the nobility, and MPs: the Honourable Alan Simpson, US Senator
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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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

honourableness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

honourably

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • 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.

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