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honor system

a system whereby the students at a school, the inmates in a prison, etc., are put on their honor to observe certain rules in order to minimize administrative supervision or to promote honesty.
Origin of honor system
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Gordon had voted three times under the "honor system," before he saw.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • That honor system did not fail there, and I do not look for it to fail here.

  • No, Joan was confident that Alex had not deserted, had not broken the honor system.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • He was the one who advocated the honor system, and I fell for it.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • Take the term "honor system," the meaning of which was not clear to you.

    Elements of Debating

    Leverett S. Lyon
  • When I went to school we were governed by what they called the 'honor system.'

    The Next of Kin Nellie L. McClung
  • The honor system in examinations should be introduced into this college.

    The Making of Arguments J. H. Gardiner
  • The honor system has never been extended to cover these points.

    American Adventures Julian Street

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