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Noun: conscience  kón-shun(t)s
  1. Motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
    - scruples, moral sense, sense of right and wrong
     
  2. Conformity to one's own sense of right conduct
    "a person of unflagging conscience"
     
  3. A feeling of shame when you do something immoral
    "he has no conscience about his cruelty"

Derived forms: consciences

Type of: ethical motive, ethics, morality, morals, shame

Encyclopedia: Conscience, Examination of