Right honorable
Honorable Hon"or*a*ble, a. [F. honorable, L. honorabilis.] 1. Worthy of honor; fit to be esteemed or regarded; estimable; illustrious. [1913 Webster]

Thy name and honorable family. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. High-minded; actuated by principles of honor, or a scrupulous regard to probity, rectitude, or reputation. [1913 Webster]

3. Proceeding from an upright and laudable cause, or directed to a just and proper end; not base; irreproachable; fair; as, an honorable motive. [1913 Webster]

Is this proceeding just and honorable? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Conferring honor, or produced by noble deeds. [1913 Webster]

Honorable wounds from battle brought. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. Worthy of respect; regarded with esteem; to be commended; consistent with honor or rectitude. [1913 Webster]

Marriage is honorable in all. --Heb. xiii. 4. [1913 Webster]

6. Performed or accompanied with marks of honor, or with testimonies of esteem; as, an honorable burial. [1913 Webster]

7. Of reputable association or use; respectable. [1913 Webster]

Let her descend: my chambers are honorable. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

8. An epithet of respect or distinction; as, the honorable Senate; the honorable gentleman. [1913 Webster]

Note: Honorable is a title of quality, conferred by English usage upon the younger children of earls and all the children of viscounts and barons. The maids of honor, lords of session, and the supreme judges of England and Ireland are entitled to the prefix. In American usage, it is a title of courtesy merely, bestowed upon those who hold, or have held, any of the higher public offices, esp. governors, judges, members of Congress or of the Senate, mayors, and often also extended to lower officials, such as city council members. [1913 Webster]

{Right honorable}. See under {Right}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Right honorable — Right Right, adv. 1. In a right manner. [1913 Webster] 2. In a right or straight line; directly; hence; straightway; immediately; next; as, he stood right before me; it went right to the mark; he came right out; he followed right after the guide …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • right honorable — used as a courtesy title or an official title for earls, viscounts, and barons, for peers sons and daughters having courtesy titles, and for various high governmental officials (as members of the Privy Council) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Honorable — Hon or*a*ble, a. [F. honorable, L. honorabilis.] 1. Worthy of honor; fit to be esteemed or regarded; estimable; illustrious. [1913 Webster] Thy name and honorable family. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. High minded; actuated by principles of honor, or a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Right — Right, adv. 1. In a right manner. [1913 Webster] 2. In a right or straight line; directly; hence; straightway; immediately; next; as, he stood right before me; it went right to the mark; he came right out; he followed right after the guide. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Right along — Right Right, adv. 1. In a right manner. [1913 Webster] 2. In a right or straight line; directly; hence; straightway; immediately; next; as, he stood right before me; it went right to the mark; he came right out; he followed right after the guide …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Right away — Right Right, adv. 1. In a right manner. [1913 Webster] 2. In a right or straight line; directly; hence; straightway; immediately; next; as, he stood right before me; it went right to the mark; he came right out; he followed right after the guide …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Right off — Right Right, adv. 1. In a right manner. [1913 Webster] 2. In a right or straight line; directly; hence; straightway; immediately; next; as, he stood right before me; it went right to the mark; he came right out; he followed right after the guide …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • right — [rīt] adj. [ME < OE riht, straight, direct, right, akin to Ger recht < IE base * reĝ , straight, stretch out, put in order > RICH, RECKON, L regere, to rule, rex, king, regula, a rule] 1. Obs. not curved; straight: now only in… …   English World dictionary

  • honorable — [än′ər ə bəl] adj. [ME honourable < OFr honorable < L honorabilis < honor] 1. worthy of being honored; specif., a) [H ] of, or having a position of, high rank or worth: used as a title of courtesy for certain officials and for the… …   English World dictionary

  • right — / rīt/ n [Old English riht, from riht righteous] 1 a: qualities (as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval b: something that is morally just able to… …   Law dictionary

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