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/ˈɒnərəbəl; ˈɒnrəbəl/
possessing or characterized by high principles: honourable intentions
worthy of or entitled to honour or esteem
consistent with or bestowing honour
Derived Forms
honourableness, (US) honorableness, noun
honourably, (US) honorably, adverb


/ˈɒnərəbəl; ˈɒnrəbəl/
(prenominal) the Honourable, 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 Hon
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  • Her many songs and piano works make a list as long as it is honourable.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • Would it be so criminal when it all tends to what is honourable—marriage?

  • If you do what is right and honourable what is there to fear?

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • This is not an honourable way of proceeding in Mr. Lovelace.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • He would be entirely satisfied with the title of "the honourable."

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik van Loon
  • It is quite as honourable, or dishonourable, which ever it may be, as any other branch of business.

  • If I see that the object of your expedition is honourable warfare I shall lend all assistance in my power.

    In Greek Waters G. A. Henty
  • And they are so honourable down in the city that nobody ever gets cheated.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • He was not in love with her or with any one, but he was in that insane mood when honourable men marry, sometimes disastrously.

    The Creators May Sinclair
  • All work that brings honest gain is honourable, whether it be of hand or mind.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
Word Origin and History for honourable

chiefly British English spelling of honorable; also see -or. Related: Honourably.

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