from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Deserving or winning honor and respect: led an honorable life.
- adj. Bringing distinction or recognition: honorable service to one's nation.
- adj. Possessing and characterized by honor: an honorable person.
- adj. Consistent with honor or good name: followed the only honorable course of action.
- adj. Distinguished; illustrious: this honorable gathering of scholars.
- adj. Attended by marks of recognition and honor: received an honorable burial.
- adj. Used as a title of respect for certain high government officials: The Honorable Jane Doe, Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
- adj. Used as a courtesy title for the children of barons and viscounts and the younger sons of earls.
- adj. Used in the House of Commons as a title of respect when speaking of another member.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Worthy of respect; respectable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Worthy of honor; fit to be esteemed or regarded; estimable; illustrious.
- adj. High-minded; actuated by principles of honor, or a scrupulous regard to probity, rectitude, or reputation.
- adj. Proceeding from an upright and laudable cause, or directed to a just and proper end; not base; irreproachable; fair.
- adj. Conferring honor, or produced by noble deeds.
- adj. Worthy of respect; regarded with esteem; to be commended; consistent with honor or rectitude.
- adj. Performed or accompanied with marks of honor, or with testimonies of esteem.
- adj. Of reputable association or use; respectable.
- adj. An epithet of respect or distinction
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Worthy of being honored; entitled to deference or respect on account of character or rank; eminent; illustrious.
- Actuated by principles of honor or a scrupulous regard to rectitude or reputation; acting justly or in good faith.
- Conferring or suitable for honor or distinction; creditable; reputable.
- Consistent with or conformable to honor or reputation; honest; sincere; marked by probity or good faith: as, honorable intentions or motives; an honorable character.
- Held in honor; worthy of respect; free from shame or disgrace; respectable: as, honorable poverty.
- Performed or accompanied with marks of honor or with testimonials of esteem: as, an honorable burial.
- Of respectable quality or amount; adequate to requirement; sufficient: as, an honorable salary.
- An epithet put before a person's name as a conventional title of respect or distinction.
- Synonyms Honorary, Honorable. See honorary.
- Just, upright, conscientious, high-minded, magnanimous. See comparison under honesty.
- n. An honored or distinguished person.
- n. One who bears the formal or official title of honorable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. deserving of esteem and respect
- adj. adhering to ethical and moral principles
- adj. not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent
- adj. worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect
From the Old French honorable, honurable, from the Latin honōrābilis, from honōrō ("I honour"); cognate with Italian onorabile, Spanish honorable. (Wiktionary)