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consciencenoun categorical imperative, code of duty, code of honor, compunction, conscientia, ethical judgment, ethical philosophy, ethical self, ethics, high ideals, high standards, honesty, honor, inner voice, integrity, inward monitor, mind, moral faculty, moral obligation, moral prinniples, moral sense, principle, probity, professional ethics, rectitude, scruples, sense of duty, sense of moral right, sense of right and wrong, superego, uprightness
Associated concepts: conscientious objector
Foreign phrases: Fides est obligatio conscientiae alicujus ad intentionem alterius.A trust is an obligation of conncience of one to the will of another. Judex habere debet duos sales—sales, salem sapientiae, ne sit insipidus; et salem conscientiae, ne sit diabolus . A judge ought to have two salts-the salt of wisdom, lest he be insipid; and the salt of conscience, lest he be devilish. La conscience est la plus changeante des regles. Conscience is the most changeable of rules.
See also: commitment, probity, remorse, responsibility
consciencean internal sense of right and wrong. To respect differences between persons the law sometimes permits a CONSCIENCE CLAUSE. Freedom of conscience is a HUMAN RIGHT
CONSCIENCE. The moral sense, or that capacity of our mental constitution, by
which we irresistibly feel the difference between right and wrong.
2. The constitution of the United States wisely provides that "no religious test shall ever be required." No man, then, or body of men, have a right to control a man's belief or opinion in religious matters, or to forbid the most perfect freedom of inquiry in relation to them, by force or threats, or by any other motives than arguments or persuasion. Vide Story, Const. Sec. 1841-1843.