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honourable

(ˈɒnərəbəl; ˈɒnrəbəl) or

honorable

adj
1. possessing or characterized by high principles: honourable intentions.
2. worthy of or entitled to honour or esteem
3. consistent with or bestowing honour
ˈhonourableness, ˈhonorableness n
ˈhonourably, ˈhonorably adv

Honourable

(ˈɒnərəbəl; ˈɒnrəbəl) or

Honorable

adj
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the Honourable (prenominal) a title of respect placed before a name: employed before the names of various officials in the English-speaking world, as a courtesy title in Britain for the children of viscounts and barons and the younger sons of earls, and in Parliament by one member speaking of another. Abbreviation: Hon
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.honourable - worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect; "an honorable man"; "led an honorable life"; "honorable service to his country"
honest, honorable - not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent; "honest lawyers"; "honest reporting"
just - used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting; "a just and lasting peace"- A.Lincoln; "a kind and just man"; "a just reward"; "his just inheritance"
moral - concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles; "moral sense"; "a moral scrutiny"; "a moral lesson"; "a moral quandary"; "moral convictions"; "a moral life"
noble - having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character; "a noble spirit"; "noble deeds"
reputable - having a good reputation; "a reputable business"; "a reputable scientist"; "a reputable wine"
worthy - having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable; "a worthy fellow"; "a worthy cause"
2.honourable - adhering to ethical and moral principles; "it seems ethical and right"; "followed the only honorable course of action"
right - in conformance with justice or law or morality; "do the right thing and confess"

honourable

adjective
1. principled, moral, ethical, just, true, fair, upright, honest, virtuous, trustworthy, trusty, high-minded, upstanding I believe he was an honourable man.
2. proper, right, respectable, righteous, virtuous, creditable However, their intentions are honourable.
Translations
شَريف، مُشَرِّف
slavnýúctyhodný
ærefuldhæderlig
heiîarlegur, virîingarverîur
onurlusaygınşerefli

honourable

honorable (US) [ˈɒnərəbl] ADJ (= upright) → honrado; [title] → honorable
honourable mentionmención f honorífica
the honourable member for Woodford (Brit) (Parl) → el señor diputado de Woodford

honourable

[ˈɒnərəbəl] (British) honorable (US) adj
[person] → honorable; [course of action] → honorable; [intentions] → honorable
Their intentions were honourable → Leurs intentions étaient honorables.
(British) (term of address used in British Parliament) my Right Honourable friend → mon honorable confrère
the Honourable Member for Billericay → l'honorable député de Billericayhonourable mention (British) honorable mention (US) nmention f honorable, accessit m

honourable

, (US) honorable
adj
ehrenhaft; personehrenhaft, ehrenwert; peace, dischargeehrenvoll; exceptionrühmlich; to get an honourable mentionrühmend or lobend erwähnt werden
(Brit Parl) Anrede von Abgeordneten innerhalb des Parlaments the Honourable member for Xder (Herr)/die (Frau) Abgeordnete für X; the Honourable member or gentleman is wrongder geschätzte or ehrenwerte (Herr) Kollege täuscht sich; I agree with my right honourable friendich stimme meinem geschätzten Herrn Kollegen/meiner geschätzten Frau Kollegin zu
(= title) Titel der jüngeren Söhne von Grafen und der Kinder von Freiherren und Baronen I didn’t know he was an Honourableich wusste nicht, dass er adlig or ein „von“ (inf)ist

honourable

honorable (Am) [ˈɒnrəbl] adj (gen) → onorevole; (person) → d'onore

honour

(American) honor (ˈonə) noun
1. respect for truth, honesty etc. a man of honour.
2. (the keeping or increasing of) a person's, country's etc good reputation. We must fight for the honour of our country.
3. fame; glory. He won honour on the field of battle.
4. respect. This ceremony is being held in honour of those who died in the war.
5. something which a person feels to be a reason for pride etc. It is a great honour to be asked to address this meeting.
6. a title, degree etc given to a person as a mark of respect for his services, work, ability etc. He has received many honours for his research into cancer.
7. (with capital. with His, ~Your etc) a title of respect used when talking to or about judges, mayors etc: My client wishes to plead guilty, Your Honour.
verb
1. to show great respect to (a person, thing etc). We should honour the Queen.
2. to do, say etc something which is a reason for pride, satisfaction etc to. Will you honour us with your presence at the meeting?
3. to give (someone) a title, degree etc as a mark of respect for his ability etc. He was honoured for his work with the mentally handicapped.
4. to fulfil (a promise etc). We'll honour our agreement.
ˈhonorary adjective
1. (often abbreviated to Hon. in writing) (of an official position) not having any payment. the Honorary Secretary of the Darts Association.
2. given to a person as a mark of respect for his ability etc. an honorary degree.
ˈhonourable adjective
having, showing, bringing or deserving honour. an honourable man.
ˈhonours noun plural
1. (sometimes with capital. sometimes abbreviated to Hons when written) a degree awarded by universities, colleges etc to students who achieve good results in their final degree examinations, or who carry out specialized study or research; the course of study leading to the awarding of such a degree: He got First Class Honours in French; (also adjective) an honours degree, (American) an honors course.
2. ceremony, when given as a mark of respect. The dead soldiers were buried with full military honours.
(in) honour/honor bound
forced (to do something) not by law, but because one knows it is right. I said I would go if he sent for me, and I feel honour bound to do as I promised.
on one's honour
an expression used to emphasize the truth and solemnity of something which is said. Do you swear, on your honour, never to reveal what you see here?
word of honour
a promise which cannot be broken without loss of honour. I give you my word of honour that I'll do it.

honour, noun, ends in -our.
honorary, adjective, drops the u.
honourable, adjective, keeps the u.
References in classic literature ?
It is that of the Collector, our gallant old General, who, after his brilliant military service, subsequently to which he had ruled over a wild Western territory, had come hither, twenty years before, to spend the decline of his varied and honourable life.
John Knightley's, and was destined, if she could please herself, to hold a very honourable station over the mantelpiece.
As for the navy, it had fashion on its side, but I was too old when the subject was first started to enter it--and, at length, as there was no necessity for my having any profession at all, as I might be as dashing and expensive without a red coat on my back as with one, idleness was pronounced on the whole to be most advantageous and honourable, and a young man of eighteen is not in general so earnestly bent on being busy as to resist the solicitations of his friends to do nothing.
Eshton and her three daughters--very elegant young ladies indeed; and there are the Honourable Blanche and Mary Ingram, most beautiful women, I suppose: indeed I have seen Blanche, six or seven years since, when she was a girl of eighteen.
Heathcliff is not a fiend: he has an honourable soul, and a true one, or how could he remember her?
That Providence, however, had put it into the heart of a person who was beyond fear and beyond reproach, to ferret out the nature of the prisoner's schemes, and, struck with horror, to disclose them to his Majesty's Chief Secretary of State and most honourable Privy Council.
He was very honourable, Traddles was, and held it as a solemn duty in the boys to stand by one another.
Through his way of saying this, and much more to similar purpose, he placed himself on confidential terms with me in an admirable manner; and I may state at once that he was always so zealous and honourable in fulfilling his compact with me, that he made me zealous and honourable in fulfilling mine with him.
Snell, the landlord--he being, as he observed, a man accustomed to put two and two together--to connect with the tinder-box, which, as deputy-constable, he himself had had the honourable distinction of finding, certain recollections of a pedlar who had called to drink at the house about a month before, and had actually stated that he carried a tinder-box about with him to light his pipe.
If the reverend fathers,'' he said, ``loved good cheer and soft lodging, few miles of riding would carry them to the Priory of Brinxworth, where their quality could not but secure them the most honourable reception; or if they preferred spending a penitential evening, they might turn down yonder wild glade, which would bring them to the hermitage of Copmanhurst, where a pious anchoret would make them sharers for the night of the shelter of his roof and the benefit of his prayers.
Next above these come the Nobility, of whom there are several degrees, beginning at Six-Sided Figures, or Hexagons, and from thence rising in the number of their sides till they receive the honourable title of Polygonal, or many-sided.
This was the Honourable William Batulcar's establishment.