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honor system

n.
An arrangement by which persons are trusted to act honestly and therefore are not directly monitored, even though persons might obtain a benefit from acting dishonestly.

hon′or sys`tem


n.
a system whereby the students at a school, the inmates in a prison, etc., are put on their honor to observe certain rules with a minimum of supervision.
[1900–05, Amer.]
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Noun1.honor system - a system of conduct in which participants are trusted not to take unfair advantage of others; "the students are on the honor system"
system of rules, system - a complex of methods or rules governing behavior; "they have to operate under a system they oppose"; "that language has a complex system for indicating gender"
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Aside from honesty system and cooperation that we are asking from oil-industry participants, we are conducting random tests together with other relevant government agencies, such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue and local government units,' Fuentebella said.
However, judging by the fact that they started with 360 books in Ayala Triangle Garden and now have around 600 on the shelves, plus 400 in storage, Ti said that the honesty system works for us, because we actually have more books than when we started.
I had an honesty system in place for years where people just left money but I wanted to move on.