Honourable vs. Honorable - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Honourable (adjective)

    alternative form of honorable

  • Honourable (adjective)

    A courtesy title applied to a cabinet minister, minister of state, or senator

  • Honorable (adjective)

    Worthy of respect; respectable.

  • Honorable (adjective)

    misspelling of honourable

Oxford Dictionary

  • Honourable (adjective)

    bringing or deserving honour

    "a decent and honourable man"

    "this is the only honourable course"

  • Honourable (adjective)

    (of the intentions of a man courting a woman) directed towards marriage

    "the young man's intentions had been honourable"

  • Honourable (adjective)

    used as a title for certain high officials, the children of certain ranks of the nobility, and MPs

    "the Honourable Alan Simpson, US Senator"

Webster Dictionary

  • Honorable (adjective)

    Worthy of honor; fit to be esteemed or regarded; estimable; illustrious.

  • Honorable (adjective)

    High-minded; actuated by principles of honor, or a scrupulous regard to probity, rectitude, or reputation.

  • Honorable (adjective)

    Proceeding from an upright and laudable cause, or directed to a just and proper end; not base; irreproachable; fair; as, an honorable motive.

  • Honorable (adjective)

    Conferring honor, or produced by noble deeds.

  • Honorable (adjective)

    Worthy of respect; regarded with esteem; to be commended; consistent with honor or rectitude.

  • Honorable (adjective)

    Performed or accompanied with marks of honor, or with testimonies of esteem; as, an honorable burial.

  • Honorable (adjective)

    Of reputable association or use; respectable.

  • Honorable (adjective)

    An epithet of respect or distinction; as, the honorable Senate; the honorable gentleman.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Honourable (adjective)

    showing or characterized by honor and integrity;

    "an honorable man"

    "led an honorable life"

    "honorable service to his country"

  • Honourable (adjective)

    used as a title of respect;

    "my honorable colleague"

    "our worthy commanding officer"

  • Honourable (adjective)

    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"

  • Honorable (adjective)

    not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent;

    "honest lawyers"

    "honest reporting"

    "an honest wage"

    "honest weight"

  • Honorable (adjective)

    showing or characterized by honor and integrity;

    "an honorable man"

    "led an honorable life"

    "honorable service to his country"

  • Honorable (adjective)

    used as a title of respect;

    "my honorable colleague"

    "our worthy commanding officer"

  • Honorable (adjective)

    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"

  • Honorable (adjective)

    deserving of esteem and respect;

    "all respectable companies give guarantees"

    "ruined the family's good name"

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