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Definition of honorable adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (honourable) adjective
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  1. 1deserving respect and admiration a long and honorable career in government They managed an honorable 2–2 tie. With a few honorable exceptions, the staff were found to be incompetent.
  2. 2showing high moral standards an honorable man
  3. 3allowing someone to keep their good name and the respect of others an honorable compromise They urged her to do the honorable thing and resign. He received an honorable discharge from the army. opposite dishonorable
  4. 4(abbreviation Hon.) a title of respect used by an official of high rank the Honorable Alan Simpson, U.S. senator Use an, not a, before honorable.
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