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honor system

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

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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