Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    As an honor; without profit or reward. See 81 N. Y. 255.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    As applied to public offices and other positions of responsibility or trust, this term means either that the office or title is bestowed upon the incumbent as a mark of honor or compliment, without intending to charge him with the active discharge of the duties of the place or else that he is to receive no salary or other compensation in money, the honor conferred by the incumbsney of the office being his only reward. See Has-well v. New York, 81 N. Y. 258. In other connections, It means attached to or growing out of some honor or dignity or honorable office or else it imports an obligation or duty growing out of honor or trust only, as distinguished from legal accountability.
    —Honorary canons. Those without emolument. 3 & 4 Viet, c. 113, § 23.
    —Honorary fends. Titles of nobility, descendible to the eldest son, in exclusion or ali the rest. 2 Bl. Comm. 56.
    —Honorary services. In feudal law. Special services to be reudered to the king in person, characteristic of the tenure by grand serjeanty; such as to carry his banner, his sword, or the like, or to be his butler, cham-ion. or other officer, at his coronation. Litt. 153; 2 Bl. Comm. 73.
    —Honorary trustees. Trustees to preserve contingent remainders, so calied because they are bound, in honor only, to decide on the most proper and prudential course. Lewin. Trusis, 408.