adjective Date: 14th century 1. deserving of honor 2. a. of great renown ; illustrious b. entitled to honor — used as a title for the children of certain British noblemen and for various government officials 3. performed or accompanied with marks of honor or respect 4. a. attesting to creditable conduct b. consistent with an untarnished reputation <
an honorable withdrawal
5. characterized by integrity ; guided by a high sense of honor and duty Synonyms: see uprighthonorability nounhonorableness nounhonorably adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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

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  • 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

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