A system of payment or examination that relies solely on the honesty of those concerned.
- The fact is that Medicare was basically an honor system that didn't work because the rules were dishonored by too many dishonorable people.
- Our honor system routinely rewards cheaters and punishes honesty.
- While privileges can be suspended if this policy is violated, the system operates mostly under the honor system.
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Syllabification: hon·or sys·tem
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