be honor-bound

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be honor-bound

To be or feel obliged (to do something) because it is morally correct or required by one's sense of duty or integrity, even if one does not desire to do so. It pains me to turn you in to the police, my friend, but I am honor-bound to inform them of your actions.
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As a member of the state Assembly, I am honor-bound to accept responsibility - no excuses.