6th December 2019

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Can you call yourself a doctor if you have an honorary doctorate?

Most likely the answer is no, you should not call yourself "Dr." if your only doctorate degree is an honorary one. But some universities might not mind so much if they do. In some countries, a person who holds an honorary doctorate may use the title "Doctor" prenominally, abbreviated "Dr.h.c." or "Dr.(h.c.)".

Can you be called doctor with an honorary degree?

By convention, recipients of honorary doctorates do not use the title "Dr" in general correspondence, although in formal correspondence from the university issuing the honorary degree it is normal to address the recipient by the title. He thereafter referred to himself as "Doctor Franklin".
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