honor system


: a system (as at a college) whereby persons are trusted to abide by the regulations (as for a code of conduct) without supervision or surveillance

Examples of honor system in a Sentence

Customers are on the honor system to pay for any software they choose to purchase.
Recent Examples on the Web Currently, social media companies only permit people ages 13 and up to use their services and require no age verification beyond the honor system. Byalexandra Sternlicht, Fortune, 19 June 2024 At some stations, park employees take borrowers’ contact info, while others operate on the honor system. John Meyer, The Denver Post, 14 June 2024 The courts effectively operate on an honor system, relying on the good faith and accuracy of pleadings filed by lawyers, said Broward Chief Judge Jack Tuter. Ben Wieder and, Miami Herald, 2 Apr. 2024 But while Meta is already taking measures to crack down on users who don’t follow its AI rules, YouTube is relying on the honor system — for now. Laura Bratton, Quartz, 18 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for honor system 

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of honor system was in 1893

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“Honor system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honor%20system. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

honor system

: a system (as at a school) where persons are trusted to follow the rules without supervision
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