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1. Deserving or winning honor and respect: led an honorable life.
2. Bringing distinction or recognition: honorable service to one's nation.
3. Possessing and characterized by honor: an honorable person.
4. Consistent with honor or good name: followed the only honorable course of action.
5. Distinguished; illustrious: this honorable gathering of scholars.
6. Attended by marks of recognition and honor: received an honorable burial.
7. Honorable Abbr. Hon.
a. Used as a title of respect for certain high government officials: The Honorable Jane Doe, Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
b. Used as a courtesy title for the children of barons and viscounts and the younger sons of earls.
c. Used in the House of Commons as a title of respect when speaking of another member.

hon′or·a·ble·ness n.
hon′or·a·bly adv.


(ˈɒn ər ə bəl)

1. in accordance with or characterized by principles of honor; upright.
2. worthy of honor and high respect; estimable; creditable.
3. bringing honor or credit; consistent with honor or good reputation: an honorable discharge from the army.
4. of high rank, dignity, or distinction.
5. (cap.) (used as a title of respect for certain ranking government officials or as a title of courtesy for children of British peers ranking below a marquis.) Abbr.: Hon.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin honōrābilis]
hon′or•a•ble•ness, n.
hon′or•a•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.honorable - not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent; "honest lawyers"; "honest reporting"
direct - straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach"
echt, genuine - not fake or counterfeit; "a genuine Picasso"; "genuine leather"
honourable, honorable - worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect; "an honorable man"; "led an honorable life"; "honorable service to his country"
artless, ingenuous - characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious; "an ingenuous admission of responsibility"
sincere - open and genuine; not deceitful; "he was a good man, decent and sincere"; "felt sincere regret that they were leaving"; "sincere friendship"
square, straight - characterized by honesty and fairness; "straight dealing"; "a square deal"
true - consistent with fact or reality; not false; "the story is true"; "it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true"- B. Russell; "the true meaning of the statement"
trustworthy, trusty - worthy of trust or belief; "a trustworthy report"; "an experienced and trustworthy traveling companion"
2.honorable - 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"
dishonorable, dishonourable - lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor; "dishonorable in thought and deed"
3.honorable - 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"
4.honorable - deserving of esteem and respect; "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name"
reputable - having a good reputation; "a reputable business"; "a reputable scientist"; "a reputable wine"


2. Having or marked by uprightness in principle and action:
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But the most honorable kind of following, is to be followed as one, that apprehendeth to advance virtue, and desert, in all sorts of persons.
Geoffrey Delamayn--commonly called "the honorable;" and meriting that distinction in more ways than one.
The honorable young gentleman looked unaffectedly relieved.
The Honorable Geoffrey answered, modestly, "I should say I did.
The Honorable Geoffrey started, and looked furtively at the visitors about him.
The Honorable Pehin was accorded with the arrival of the honors mounted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines prior to the courtesy call.
On the one hand, criticism of the honorable LHC has mostly been driven by PTI loyalists and (a handful of) idealists who had imagined that the season of accountability would be unforgiving towards forces of status quo that have ruled Takht-e-Lahore for the twenty-five of the last thirty-five years.
"High Profile, Presenters, Speakers, Honorees, Award Recipients, Workshops and Attendees" include, The Honorable Johnny Ford, WCM Founder and Conference Coordinator, The Honorable Cathy Hughes, Founder, Chairperson of Urban One, Inc., The Honorable Dr.
In the meanwhile, constitutional petitions were also filed by the aforementioned petitioners in the Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan against Order dated 17th April 2018 of the High Court of Sindh, which were heard and subsequently dismissed by the Honorable Supreme Court bench vide Order dated 23rd August, 2018.
They said they are 'of the strong conviction that the arguments for the cause of all the petitioners will be best presented before this Honorable Court by their colleague, Senator De Lima.'
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