honor system


Definition of 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 Take a cinematic cruise down the long flat farm roads, cooing at highland cattle and relaxed quarter horses, or stop to collect a local farmer’s bounty in exchange for a few dollars in the honor system jar. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, 3 Jan. 2022 To date, open restaurants have mostly operated on the honor system. Diana Budds, Curbed, 27 Dec. 2021 The honor system isn't really something that Donald Trump buys into. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 1 Dec. 2021 Assuming the test is negative — reporting a positive result is on the honor system — Bosquet drives his 1- and 3-year-olds to day care, then heads to the office, next to TD Garden. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Dec. 2021 The library is free of charge and is based on a borrowing honor system via online registration. Jem Aswad, Variety, 13 Oct. 2021 And yet, eight justices believe the authorities can be trusted with the honor system. al, 29 Sep. 2021 Immunization advocates also worry some people will be more adept at taking advantage of what is essentially an honor system for boosters. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2021 Compliance with that guideline, however, was effectively an honor system. NBC News, 15 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of honor system

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of honor system was in 1893

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14 Jan 2022

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“Honor system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honor%20system. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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: a system in which people are trusted to follow rules and to act in an honest way


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