ethical vs honorable what difference

what is difference between ethical and honorable

English

Etymology

From ethic +‎ -al, from Late Latin ethicus (moral, ethical), from Ancient Greek ἠθικός (ēthikós, of or for morals, moral, expressing character), from ἦθος (êthos, character, moral nature).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛθɪkəl/

Adjective

ethical (comparative more ethical, superlative most ethical)

  1. (philosophy, not comparable) Of or relating to the study of ethics.
    The philosopher Kant is particularly known for his ethical writings.
  2. (not comparable) Of or relating to the accepted principles of right and wrong, especially those of some organization or profession.
    All employees must familiarize themselves with our ethical guidelines.
  3. (comparable) Morally approvable; good.
    We are trying to decide what the most ethical course of action would be.
  4. (of a drug, not comparable) Only dispensed on the prescription of a physician.
    In most jurisdictions, morphine is classified as an ethical drug.

Derived terms

  • ethical investment
  • ethical system
  • meta-ethical
  • (morally approvable): unethical

Related terms

  • ethic
  • ethics
  • ethos

Translations

See also

  • ethical dative

Noun

ethical (plural ethicals)

  1. An ethical drug, one only dispensed on the prescription of a physician.

References

  • ethical at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • ethical in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • ethical in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • ethical in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

Anagrams

  • alethic


English

Alternative forms

  • honble (obsolete)
  • Honorable (honorific)
  • (British spelling:) honourable, Honourable (honorific)

Etymology

From Middle English honourable, from Old French honorable, honurable, from Latin honōrābilis, from honōrō (I honour); cognate with Italian onorabile, Spanish honorable. Surface analysis is honor +‎ -able.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: ŏnʹərəbl, ŏnʹrəbl, IPA(key): /ˈɒnəɹəbl̩/, /ˈɒnɹəbl̩/
  • (General American) enPR: ŏnʹərəbl, ŏnʹrəbl, IPA(key): /ˈɑnəɹəbl̩/, /ˈɑnɹəbl̩/
  • Hyphenation: hon‧or‧able, honor‧able

Adjective

honorable (comparative more honorable, superlative most honorable) (American spelling)

  1. Worthy of respect; respectable.
  2. (politics) A courtesy title, given in Britain and the Commonwealth to a cabinet minister, minister of state, or senator, and in the United States to the president, vice president, congresspeople, state governors and legislators, and mayors.

Synonyms

  • venerable
  • noble
  • Hon’ble
  • Hon.

Antonyms

  • despicable
  • contemptible
  • mean

Derived terms

  • Hon., Hon’ble, Honourable
  • honorably, honourably
  • (politics): right honorable, right honourable

Translations


Catalan

Etymology

From Latin honōrābilis.

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic) IPA(key): /o.noˈɾa.blə/
  • (Central) IPA(key): /u.nuˈɾa.blə/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /o.noˈɾa.ble/

Adjective

honorable (masculine and feminine plural honorables)

  1. honorable

Derived terms

  • honorablement

Further reading

  • “honorable” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
  • “honorable” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
  • “honorable” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
  • “honorable” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

French

Etymology

From Old French [Term?], borrowed from Latin honōrābilis.

Pronunciation

  • (mute h) IPA(key): /ɔ.nɔ.ʁabl/

Adjective

honorable (plural honorables)

  1. honorable

Derived terms

  • faire amende honorable
  • hon.
  • très honorable

Related terms

  • honneur

Further reading

  • “honorable” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Galician

Alternative forms

  • honorábel

Etymology

From Latin honōrābilis.

Adjective

honorable m or f (plural honorables)

  1. honorable

Related terms

  • honor
  • honra

Further reading

  • “honorable” in Dicionario da Real Academia Galega, Royal Galician Academy.

Spanish

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin honōrābilis. Equivalent to honor +‎ -able.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /onoˈɾable/, [o.noˈɾa.β̞le]
  • Rhymes: -able

Adjective

honorable (plural honorables)

  1. honorable
    Synonym: honesto

Derived terms

  • honorabilidad
  • honorablemente

Related terms

  • honor
  • honra
  • honrar

Further reading

  • “honorable” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.

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