Definition of honorable in English:


(British honourable)


  • 1Bringing or worthy of honor.

    ‘this is the only honorable course’
    ‘a decent and honorable man’
    • ‘All I can do for you is give you the opportunity to die a quick, honorable death.’
    • ‘Her husband followed later after completing a long and honourable career in the airline business.’
    • ‘These are honourable motives for getting involved in the political process.’
    • ‘They told the 66-year-old that the honourable course of action would be to resign.’
    • ‘He wants to make a career at the highest level and that's an honourable aspiration.’
    • ‘However, fear, as well as guilt, forced me to choose the more honorable course of action.’
    • ‘As Western leaders become mired in squalid chaos, there is a noticeable lack of any honourable values shining through.’
    • ‘There is nothing wrong with a government being kicked out of office for doing the right and honourable thing.’
    • ‘He did not seem to trust this man and was quite sure that his intentions were not honourable.’
    • ‘By resigning she did the honourable thing and deserves credit for that.’
    • ‘The most he could do was provide us with a handwritten note that vouched for our honorable intentions.’
    • ‘The idea that an honorable death is better than a life of disgrace continues in modern Japan.’
    • ‘Even if Lena's original intentions were less than honorable, at least in the end she told Bianca the truth.’
    • ‘That part was true, but his reasons for marriage are not entirely honorable.’
    • ‘It is hardly the way to treat the most distinguished and longserving members of a noble and honourable profession.’
    • ‘And so he has done the honourable thing and admitted US election defeat.’
    • ‘The integrity of the author is, of course, a prerequisite for publication in any honourable journal.’
    • ‘It would be honourable for the Forum to come out in the open and declare that they are either a political party or are backing one.’
    • ‘So why don't they do the honourable thing and resign their posts and let the citizens run the city according to the wishes of the citizens?’
    • ‘The leader of the trade union said he believed Mr Smith had done the honourable thing by resigning.’
    illustrious, distinguished, eminent, great, admirable, glorious, prestigious, noble, notable, creditable, renowned, esteemed
    morally correct, honest, moral, ethical, principled, righteous, right-minded, full of integrity
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    1. 1.1formal, humorous (of the intentions of a man courting a woman) directed toward marriage.
      ‘the young man's intentions had been honorable’
      • ‘I went home with this girl once and her father asked, ‘Are your intentions honourable or dishonourable?’’
      • ‘He used to be very kind and dependable and I used to believe that his intentions towards were me honourable and that once he had resolved all the issues with his ex-wife and children, that he would marry me.’
      • ‘He couldn't risk having her think his intentions were less than honorable.’
      • ‘I was beginning to feel all tingly as he gazed into the limpid pool of my eyes and professed his honorable intentions.’
      • ‘He assured him that his intentions with his daughter were honorable, and asked if he could speak to her.’
  • 2Used as a title indicating eminence or distinction, given especially to judges and certain high officials.

    ‘the Honorable Richard Morris Esquire, chief justice of the supreme court of our state’
    • ‘The Rt. Honourable Bernard Edward Barnaby Fitz-Patrick was born at Lisduff House, Errill on April 28, 1848.’
    • ‘The Honorable William H. Pryor Jr. served as the Attorney General of the State of Alabama from 1997-2004.’
    • ‘His next greeting was to the Honourable Jimmy Carter, President of the United States of America.’


Middle English: via Old French from Latin honorabilis, from honor honor.