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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.
1900-05, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And it seems to me that this is the real secret of the honor system.
  • The guy told me the players would have to make their own calls under some sort of honor system.
  • Several unattended pop-up stores selling ice tea on the honor system were set up as hidden cameras watched the activity.
  • Some defendants sentenced to community service operate on an honor system of sorts, allowed to pick where and how they serve.
  • Fritz's, the local hangout, lets diners pay for their meals on the honor system.
  • The stand works on the honor system: the prices are posted on a piece of brown paper and you put your money in an old coffee can.
  • IN many towns, the honor system has gone the way of the milkman and the eight-track tape player.
  • Obtaining and returning books was on the honor system.
  • Those on standby will be by the honor system for order of standbys.
  • Payment of the daily fee is on the honor system, and visitors may pay at either of two self-service payment sites.

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