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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Honorable  \Hon"or*a*ble\,  a.  [F.  honorable,  L.  honorabilis.] 
  1.  Worthy  of  honor;  fit  to  be  esteemed  or  regarded; 
  estimable;  illustrious. 
 
  Thy  name  and  honorable  family.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  High-minded;  actuated  by  principles  of  honor,  or  a 
  scrupulous  regard  to  probity,  rectitude,  or  reputation. 
 
  3.  Proceeding  from  an  upright  and  laudable  cause  or  directed 
  to  a  just  and  proper  end  not  base;  irreproachable;  fair; 
  as  an  honorable  motive. 
 
  Is  this  proceeding  just  and  honorable?  --Shak. 
 
  4.  Conferring  honor,  or  produced  by  noble  deeds. 
 
  Honorable  wounds  from  battle  brought.  --Dryden. 
 
  5.  Worthy  of  respect;  regarded  with  esteem;  to  be  commended; 
  consistent  with  honor  or  rectitude. 
 
  Marriage  is  honorable  in  all  --Heb.  xiii. 
  4. 
 
  6.  Performed  or  accompanied  with  marks  of  honor,  or  with 
  testimonies  of  esteem;  an  honorable  burial. 
 
  7.  Of  reputable  association  or  use  respectable. 
 
  Let  her  descend:  my  chambers  are  honorable.  --Shak. 
 
  8.  An  epithet  of  respect  or  distinction;  as  the  honorable 
  Senate;  the  honorable  gentleman. 
 
  Note:  Honorable  is  a  title  of  quality,  conferred  by  English 
  usage  upon  the  younger  children  of  earls  and  all  the 
  children  of  viscounts  and  barons.  The  maids  of  honor, 
  lords  of  session,  and  the  supreme  judges  of  England  and 
  Ireland  are  entitled  to  the  prefix.  In  American  usage, 
  it  is  a  title  of  courtesy  merely,  bestowed  upon  those 
  who  hold  or  have  held,  any  of  the  higher  public 
  offices,  esp.  governors,  judges,  members  of  Congress  or 
  of  the  Senate,  mayors. 
 
  {Right  honorable}.  See  under  {Right}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  honorable 
  adj  1:  not  disposed  to  cheat  or  defraud;  not  deceptive  or 
  fraudulent;  "honest  lawyers";  "honest  reporting";  "an 
  honest  wage";  "honest  weight"  [syn:  {honest}]  [ant:  {dishonest}] 
  2:  showing  or  characterized  by  honor  and  integrity;  "an 
  honorable  man";  "led  an  honorable  life";  "honorable 
  service  to  his  country"  [syn:  {honourable}]  [ant:  {dishonorable}] 
  3:  used  as  a  title  of  respect;  "my  honorable  colleague";  "our 
  worthy  commanding  officer"  [syn:  {honourable}] 
  4:  adhering  to  ethical  and  moral  principles;  "it  seems  ethical 
  and  right";  "followed  the  only  honorable  course  of 
  action";  "had  the  moral  courage  to  stand  alone"  [syn:  {ethical}, 
  {honourable},  {moral}] 
  5:  deserving  of  esteem  and  respect;  "all  respectable  companies 
  give  guarantees";  "ruined  the  family's  good  name"  [syn:  {estimable}, 
  {good},  {respectable}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  HONORABLE,  adj  Afflicted  with  an  impediment  in  one's  reach.  In 
  legislative  bodies  it  is  customary  to  mention  all  members  as 
  honorable;  as  "the  honorable  gentleman  is  a  scurvy  cur." 
 
 




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