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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.honorableness - the quality of deserving honor or respect; characterized by honor
righteousness - adhering to moral principles
venerability, venerableness - the quality of deserving veneration
magnanimousness, nobleness, grandeur, nobility - the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct
reputability, respectability - honorableness by virtue of being respectable and having a good reputation
dishonorableness, dishonourableness - the quality of not deserving honor or respect
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The quality of being honest:
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The more I dive into this matter of whaling, and push my researches up to the very spring-head of it, so much the more am I impressed with its great honorableness and antiquity; and especially when I find so many great demi-gods and heroes, prophets of all sorts, who one way or other have shed distinction upon it, I am transported with the reflection that I myself belong, though but subordinately, to so emblazoned a fraternity.
She must have found there an unquestionable assurance of the honorableness of their owner, for she permitted him to lay his palm upon her forehead and feel her pulse.
To preserve their honorableness, accountants should, more than anything else, be honest to themselves and their profession (Ionescu, 2016a, b), and inspect the suitability and concealed inferences of the accounting norms they employ as the latter have ethical consequences regarding the accountant's responsibility to provide factual and precise pictures.