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honorary

[on-uh-rer-ee] /ˈɒn əˌrɛr i/
adjective
1.
given for honor only, without the usual requirements, duties, privileges, emoluments, etc.:
The university presented the new governor with an honorary degree.
2.
holding a title or position conferred for honor only:
an honorary president.
3.
(of an obligation) depending on one's honor for fulfillment.
4.
conferring or commemorating honor or distinction.
5.
given, made, or serving as a token of honor:
an honorary gift.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin honōrārius relating to honor. See honor, -ary
Related forms
honorarily
[on-uh-rair-uh-lee] /ˌɒn əˈrɛər ə li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
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honorary

/ˈɒnərərɪ; ˈɒnrərɪ/
adjective (usually prenominal)
1.
  1. (esp of a position, title, etc) held or given only as an honour, without the normal privileges or duties an honorary degree
  2. (of a secretary, treasurer, etc) unpaid
2.
having such a position or title
3.
depending on honour rather than legal agreement
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honorary

adj.

early 17c., from honor + -ary; possibly influenced by French honoraire, Latin honorarius "pertaining to honor, honorary."

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