Definitions

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  • adj. Alternative form of honorable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect
  • adj. adhering to ethical and moral principles

Etymologies

honour +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Not many MPs are given the title honourable these days.

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  • They defended teeth and even claws, which they described as honourable weapons of immemorial antiquity.

    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)

  • They may in time do something that shall make their new title honourable, but at present they are bitterly ashamed, and the man who calls them

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  • There was one ship, in particular, to which they called his honourable attention.

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  • Magnificence is an attribute of expenditures of the kind which we call honourable, e.g. those connected with the gods-votive offerings, buildings, and sacrifices-and similarly with any form of religious worship, and all those that are proper objects of public-spirited ambition, as when people think they ought to equip a chorus or a trireme, or entertain the city, in a brilliant way.

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  • But with our private fortune, is it worthwhile to purchase at so high a rate a title honourable in itself, but which I must share with every fellow that can lay out 1500 pounds?

    Gibbon

  • There are cases of expenditure which we call honourable, such as are dedicatory offerings to the gods, and the furnishing their temples, and sacrifices, and in like manner everything that has reference to the Deity, and all such public matters as are objects of honourable ambition, as when men think in any case that it is their duty to furnish a chorus for the stage splendidly, or fit out and maintain a trireme, or give a general public feast.

    Ethics

  • I also understand that MPs are allegedly honourable people and do honourable things, always behave in honourable ways befitting their roles as honourable people and would never engage in anything … … … … … … shall we say underhand or devious.

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  • There is no single way she would win honourable and with dignity.

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  • The terms honourable, noble, and worthy gentleman, resounded through the room; nay, my landlord himself began to have

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

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