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Princeton's WordNet

  1. honorable, honourableadjective

    worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect

    "an honorable man"; "led an honorable life"; "honorable service to his country"

  2. ethical, honorable, honourableadjective

    adhering to ethical and moral principles

    "it seems ethical and right"; "followed the only honorable course of action"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Honourableadjective

    Etymology: honorable, French.

    Sir, I’ll tell you,
    Since I am charg’d in honour, and by him
    That I think honourable. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth? Is. xxiii. 8.

    Think’st thou it honourable for a nobleman
    Still to remember wrongs. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Then warlike kings, who for their country fought,
    And honourable wounds from battle brought. John Dryden, Æn.

    Many of those persons, who put this honourable task on me, were more able to perform it themselves. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Sith this wretched woman overcome,
    Of anguish, rather than of crime hath been,
    Preserve her cause to her eternal doom;
    And in the mean, vouchsafe her honourable tomb. Fa. Qu.

    Here’s a Bohemian tartar tarries the coming down of thy fat woman: —— let her descend, my chambers are honourable. William Shakespeare.

    As he was honourable in all his acts, so in this, that he took Joppe for an haven. 1 Mac. xiv. 5.

    Methinks I could not die any where so contented as in the king’s company, his cause being just and his quarrel honourable. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    The earl sent again to know if they would entertain their pardon, in case he should come in person, and assure it: they answered, they did conceive him to be so honourable, that from himself they would most thankfully embrace it. John Hayward.

    If that thy bent of love be honourable,
    Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow. William Shakespeare.


  1. honourable

    The Honourable (British English) or The Honorable (American English; see spelling differences) (abbreviation: Hon., Hon'ble, or variations) is an honorific style that is used as a prefix before the names or titles of certain people, usually with official governmental or diplomatic positions.

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'honourable' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1993

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of honourable in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of honourable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of honourable in a Sentence

  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Whoever is open, loyal, true; of humane and affable demeanour; honourable himself, and in his judgement of others; faithful to his word as to law, and faithful alike to God and man....such a man is a true gentleman.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    For Brutus is an honourable man So are they all, all honourable men.

  3. Cornelius Tacitus:

    That cannot be safe which is not honourable.

  4. Tom Scott:

    Tough as nails, maybe a little like Patton in World War 2, but an honourable guy, he pushed us really hard, but I learned a lot from him. We all did.

  5. Sir Winston Churchill:

    [On recognizing China] But if you recognize anyone it does not mean you like them. For instance, we all recognize the right honourable gentleman the member for Ebbw Vale.

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