honor system
noun Date: 1904 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • honor system — honor ,system noun count AMERICAN a system in which people are expected to be honest without being watched in situations in which they have the opportunity to cheat …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • honor system — ☆ honor system n. in some schools, prisons, etc., a system whereby individuals are trusted to obey the rules, do their work, take tests, etc. without direct supervision …   English World dictionary

  • honor system — honor .system n [singular] AmE an agreement between members of a group to obey rules, although no one checks to make sure that they are being followed …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Honor system — An honor system or honesty system is a philosophical way of running a variety of endeavors based on trust, honor, and honesty. Something that operates under the rule of the honor system is usually something that does not have strictly enforced… …   Wikipedia

  • honor system — noun a system of conduct in which participants are trusted not to take unfair advantage of others the students are on the honor system • Hypernyms: ↑system, ↑system of rules * * * noun, pl ⋯ tems [singular] chiefly US : a system in which people… …   Useful english dictionary

  • honor system — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms honor system : singular honor system plural honor systems American a system in which people are expected to be honest although they have the opportunity to cheat …   English dictionary

  • honor system — noun A system, policy or understanding based on trust in the honesty, honor, or integrity of others. Our local beekeeper leaves jars of honey for sale in his driveway. Theres a coffee can for the money, and payment is on the honor system …   Wiktionary

  • honor system — noun (C) AmE 1 an agreement between members of a group to obey rules: the school s honor system 2 a way of recording the fact that a student has achieved a high standard of work …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • honor system — system of trusting people to do what is right without forcing them …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • honor system — 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 • Etymology: 1900–05, amer …   From formal English to slang

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