1. Held or given as a mark of honor, especially conferred as an honor without the usual adjuncts: an honorary degree.
a. Holding an office or title given as an honor, without payment: an honorary colonel.
b. Voluntary: the council's honorary secretary.
3. Relying on honor and not legally enforceable, as a duty or obligation.
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