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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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Adv.1.honorably - in an honorable mannerhonorably - in an honorable manner; "he acted honorably"
dishonorably - in a dishonorable manner; "he acted dishonorably"
2.honorably - with honor; "he was honorably discharged after many years of service"
dishonorably - with dishonor; "he was dishonorably discharged"
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"Your regiment fulfilled its duty honorably," said Napoleon.
You have been entrapped into marrying a man who has been publicly accused of poisoning his first wife--and who has not been honorably and completely acquitted of the charge.
Lucy was all exultation on being so honorably distinguished; and Miss Steele wanted only to be teazed about Dr.
You had already passed half your life in coveting that which you might have honorably acquired; and already you contemplated crime under the excuse of want, when God worked a miracle in your behalf, sending you, by my hands, a fortune -- brilliant, indeed, for you, who had never possessed any.
On the walls hung the pictures of Hutchinson's ancestors, who had been eminent men in their day, and were honorably remembered in the history of the country.
Satisfied on this head, I was carefully replaced in the basket, when the commissionaire went out again, on her errands, honorably disposed to be useful.
Should the damage be equal on each side, the war is considered as honorably concluded; should one party lose more than the other, it is entitled to a compensation in slaves or other property, otherwise hostilities are liable to be renewed at a future day.
Father of Qandeel has prayed the court to acquit his two sons honorably.
* Be currently on active duty, be an honorably discharged veteran, or have died in the line of duty.
At the meeting, the president praised great positions and honorably sacrifices being made by tribes of the province to confront the Saudi-led aggression coalition and its plots targeting Yemen and its infrastructure.
He claimed that in the past, Asif Ali Zardari was detained for eleven and half years and honorably acquitted, he (Asif Ali Zardari) would be acquitted from the present allegations too.