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

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Example sentences
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.
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