Meaning of honourable in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɒn(ə)rəb(ə)l/

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  • 1Bringing or deserving honour.

    ‘this is the only honourable course’
    • ‘a decent and honourable man’
    • ‘a long and honourable career’
    • ‘By resigning she did the honourable thing and deserves credit for that.’
    • ‘Her husband followed later after completing a long and honourable career in the airline business.’
    • ‘They told the 66-year-old that the honourable course of action would be to resign.’
    • ‘However, fear, as well as guilt, forced me to choose the more honorable course of action.’
    • ‘All I can do for you is give you the opportunity to die a quick, honorable death.’
    • ‘The idea that an honorable death is better than a life of disgrace continues in modern Japan.’
    • ‘It is hardly the way to treat the most distinguished and longserving members of a noble and honourable profession.’
    • ‘He wants to make a career at the highest level and that's an honourable aspiration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As Western leaders become mired in squalid chaos, there is a noticeable lack of any honourable values shining through.’
    • ‘The leader of the trade union said he believed Mr Smith had done the honourable thing by resigning.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘And so he has done the honourable thing and admitted US election defeat.’
    • ‘These are honourable motives for getting involved in the political process.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The most he could do was provide us with a handwritten note that vouched for our honorable intentions.’
    • ‘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.’
    morally correct, honest, moral, ethical, principled, righteous, right-minded, full of integrity
    illustrious, distinguished, eminent, great, admirable, glorious, prestigious, noble, notable, creditable, renowned, esteemed
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    1. 1.1 formal, humorous (of the intentions of a man courting a woman) directed towards marriage.
      ‘the young man's intentions had been honourable’
      • ‘I was beginning to feel all tingly as he gazed into the limpid pool of my eyes and professed his honorable intentions.’
      • ‘I went home with this girl once and her father asked, ‘Are your intentions honourable or dishonourable?’’
      • ‘He couldn't risk having her think his intentions were less than honorable.’
      • ‘He assured him that his intentions with his daughter were honorable, and asked if he could speak to her.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2

    (also Honourable)
    Used as a title for certain high officials, the children of certain ranks of the nobility, and MPs.

    ‘the Honourable Alan Simpson, US Senator’
    • ‘The Rt. Honourable Bernard Edward Barnaby Fitz-Patrick was born at Lisduff House, Errill on April 28, 1848.’
    • ‘His next greeting was to the Honourable Jimmy Carter, President of the United States of America.’
    • ‘The Honorable William H. Pryor Jr. served as the Attorney General of the State of Alabama from 1997-2004.’


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