Adjective "honorable" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Bringing or deserving honour.
  1. 'a decent and honourable man'
  2. 'He wants to make a career at the highest level and that's an honourable aspiration.'
  3. 'The idea that an honorable death is better than a life of disgrace continues in modern Japan.'
  4. 'By resigning she did the honourable thing and deserves credit for that.'
  5. 'These are honourable motives for getting involved in the political process.'
  6. 'And so he has done the honourable thing and admitted US election defeat.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'The most he could do was provide us with a handwritten note that vouched for our honorable intentions.'
  9. 'That part was true, but his reasons for marriage are not entirely honorable.'
  10. 'He did not seem to trust this man and was quite sure that his intentions were not honourable.'
  11. 'As Western leaders become mired in squalid chaos, there is a noticeable lack of any honourable values shining through.'
  12. 'I went home with this girl once and her father asked, ‘Are your intentions honourable or dishonourable?’'
  13. 'He couldn't risk having her think his intentions were less than honorable.'
  14. 'I was beginning to feel all tingly as he gazed into the limpid pool of my eyes and professed his honorable intentions.'
Used as a title for certain high officials, the children of certain ranks of the nobility, and MPs.
  1. 'The Honorable William H. Pryor Jr. served as the Attorney General of the State of Alabama from 1997-2004.'
  2. 'His next greeting was to the Honourable Jimmy Carter, President of the United States of America.'


1. in accordance with or characterized by principles of honor; upright: They were all honorable men.

2. of high rank, dignity, or distinction; noble, illustrious, or distinguished.

3. worthy of honor and high respect; estimable; creditable.

4. bringing honor or credit; consistent with honor.

5. (initial capital letter) (used as a title of respect for certain ranking government officials.) British. (used as a title of courtesy for children of peers ranking below a marquis.)Abbre

More examples(as adjective)

"compromises can be honorable."

"discharges can be honorable."

"resolutions can be honorable."

"people can be honorable."

"withdrawls can be honorable."

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