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[ noun ] motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions

Used in print

(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

The conscience is non-existent in the 2 - year old .

During this precarious period of development the mother should continue to influence the growth of the child 's conscience .

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

Indeed , of all that is his every man is by nature and reason and therefore by conscience obligated to regard himself as a custodian .

In_contrast_to this Stoic patristic view , Utopia implies that the nature of man is such that to rely_on individual conscience to supply the deficiencies of municipal law is to embark on the bottomless sea of human sinfulness in a sieve .

The Utopians brace conscience with legal sanctions .

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[ noun ] conformity to one's own sense of right conduct

Examples

: "a person of unflagging conscience"

Used in print

(Robert E. Lane, The Liberties of Wit: Humanism, Critici...)

It is possible that the study of literature affects the conscience , the morality , the sensitivity to some code of `` right '' and `` wrong '' .

I do not know that this is true ; both Flugel and Ranyard_West deal with the development and nature of conscience , as do such theologians as Niebuhr and Buber .

I am not aware of great attention by any of these authors or by the psychotherapeutic profession to the role of literary_study in the development of conscience - most_of their attention is to a pre-literate period of life , or , for the theologians of_course , to the influence of religion .

Probably the most important thing to focus_on is not the development of conscience , which may well be almost beyond the reach of literature , but the contents of conscience , the code which is imparted to the developed or immature conscience available .

Probably the most important thing to focus_on is not the development of conscience , which may well be almost beyond the reach of literature , but the contents of conscience , the code which is imparted to the developed or immature conscience available .

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[ noun ] a feeling of shame when you do something immoral

Examples

"he has no conscience about his cruelty"

Used in print

(Randall Stewart, "A Little History, a Little Honesty: A...)

The New_England conscience became desensitized .

Related terms

shame

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