honor system

  1. 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

Words Nearby honor system

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How to use honor system in a sentence

  • While there have been such cases in the past, the industry operates on an honor system that encourages repeat business.

  • The next day an email was waiting for Gambill from the honor system, alerting her that she may have broken its code.

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  • He showed how the term "honor system" came into use and what it means where that system of examinations is in vogue.

    Elements of Debating | Leverett S. Lyon
  • Why should this tend to make those in the audience believe that the honor system should be adopted?

    Elements of Debating | Leverett S. Lyon
  • As you have already noticed, terms in argumentation, such as "honor system," often consist of more than one word.

    Elements of Debating | Leverett S. Lyon
  • The adoption of the honor system in examinations would be desirable in American colleges.

    Elements of Debating | Leverett S. Lyon
  • The honor system is being tried in many states and, to the surprise of the old expert, is found practicable.

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