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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  • honorable — [ ɔnɔrabl ] adj. • déb. XIIe; lat. honorabilis 1 ♦ Qui mérite d être honoré, estimé. ⇒ digne, estimable, respectable. Une famille honorable. Par plais. L honorable compagnie. ♢ (XIXe; d apr. l angl. honourable) Qualifiant un député. Je répondrai… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • honorable — Honorable. adj. v. de tout genre. Qui est digne d estre honoré. La vertu est honorable mesme dans les ennemis. le merite est honorable par tout où il se trouve. En ce sens il n a guere d usage que dans ces phrases. Il signifie aussi, Qui honore,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • honorable — 1 Honorable, honorary are sometimes not clearly distinguished. Honorable commonly applies to something which is worthy of honor (as in being noble, high minded, or highly commendable) {an honorable calling} {honorable service} It is also used as… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • honorable — adjetivo 1. (antepuesto / pospuesto) Que merece ser honrado o respetado: Inma tuvo un comportamiento honorable, digno de ser elogiado. Mi abuelo es una persona honorable. El honorable anciano se dirigió a las personas allí reunidas. 2.… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • 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

  • honorable — (adj.) early 14c. (mid 13c. as a surname), from O.Fr. honorable, from L. honorabilis that procures honor, estimable, honorable, from honorare to honor (see HONOR (Cf. honor) (n.)). Related: Honorably …   Etymology dictionary

  • honorable — hon·or·able adj: entitled to honor used as a title for various government officials Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. honorable …   Law dictionary

  • honorable — (Amer.) n. one who is honest or principled; one who holds the title of Honorable (title of respect given to certain high ranking officials; British courtesy title given to the children of peers below the rank of Marquis) adj. deserving of respect …   English contemporary dictionary

  • honorable — Honorable, Honorabilis, Honorificus, Magnificus. Amende honorable, Traductio criminis damnatorum supplex et taedifera, et tanquam stigmatica. B …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • honorable — (Del lat. honorabĭlis). 1. adj. Digno de ser honrado o acatado. 2. Tratamiento que en algunos lugares se da a los titulares de determinados cargos. U. t. c. s.) ☛ V. pieza honorable …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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