honorable


honorable
honorable 1 Honorable, honorary are sometimes not clearly distinguished.
Honorable commonly applies to something which is worthy of honor (as in being noble, high-minded, or highly commendable)
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an honorable calling

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honorable service

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It is also used as a prefix to the names of some persons of distinction (as members of Congress or of Parliament, mayors, and certain scions of the nobility) and as a merely courteous appellation in speaking of an opponent in a debate or controversy
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my honorable colleague says . . .

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Honorary regularly and honorable occasionally apply to what is conferred, awarded, or given as an honor
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an honorary degree

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honorable mention

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an honorary title

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Honorary, but not honorable, is also used before a title of an office which is held without emolument or without responsibility for services
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the honorary president of a society

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an honorary pallbearer

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Analogous words: respected, esteemed, admired (see corresponding verbs under REGARD n): illustrious, eminent (see FAMOUS)
2 *upright, just, scrupulous, conscientious, honest
Analogous words: trustworthy, *reliable, dependable: noble, virtuous, righteous, *moral, ethical
Antonyms: dishonorable

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  • honorable — [ ɔnɔrabl ] adj. • déb. XIIe; lat. honorabilis 1 ♦ Qui mérite d être honoré, estimé. ⇒ digne, estimable, respectable. Une famille honorable. Par plais. L honorable compagnie. ♢ (XIXe; d apr. l angl. honourable) Qualifiant un député. Je répondrai… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • honorable — Honorable. adj. v. de tout genre. Qui est digne d estre honoré. La vertu est honorable mesme dans les ennemis. le merite est honorable par tout où il se trouve. En ce sens il n a guere d usage que dans ces phrases. Il signifie aussi, Qui honore,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Honorable — Hon or*a*ble, a. [F. honorable, L. honorabilis.] 1. Worthy of honor; fit to be esteemed or regarded; estimable; illustrious. [1913 Webster] Thy name and honorable family. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. High minded; actuated by principles of honor, or a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • honorable — adjetivo 1. (antepuesto / pospuesto) Que merece ser honrado o respetado: Inma tuvo un comportamiento honorable, digno de ser elogiado. Mi abuelo es una persona honorable. El honorable anciano se dirigió a las personas allí reunidas. 2.… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • honorable — [än′ər ə bəl] adj. [ME honourable < OFr honorable < L honorabilis < honor] 1. worthy of being honored; specif., a) [H ] of, or having a position of, high rank or worth: used as a title of courtesy for certain officials and for the… …   English World dictionary

  • honorable — (adj.) early 14c. (mid 13c. as a surname), from O.Fr. honorable, from L. honorabilis that procures honor, estimable, honorable, from honorare to honor (see HONOR (Cf. honor) (n.)). Related: Honorably …   Etymology dictionary

  • honorable — hon·or·able adj: entitled to honor used as a title for various government officials Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. honorable …   Law dictionary

  • honorable — (Amer.) n. one who is honest or principled; one who holds the title of Honorable (title of respect given to certain high ranking officials; British courtesy title given to the children of peers below the rank of Marquis) adj. deserving of respect …   English contemporary dictionary

  • honorable — Honorable, Honorabilis, Honorificus, Magnificus. Amende honorable, Traductio criminis damnatorum supplex et taedifera, et tanquam stigmatica. B …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • honorable — (Del lat. honorabĭlis). 1. adj. Digno de ser honrado o acatado. 2. Tratamiento que en algunos lugares se da a los titulares de determinados cargos. U. t. c. s.) ☛ V. pieza honorable …   Diccionario de la lengua española


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