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in (all) conscience

Without guilt. Usually said to emphasize fairness in a transaction. Primarily heard in UK. In all conscience, I can't charge you more than the car is worth. No, I can't, in conscience, give you a better grade when you put such little effort into the assignment!
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in conscience

Also, in all good conscience. In all truth or fairness, as in I can't in conscience say that the meeting went well, or In all good conscience we can't support their stand on disarmament. [Late 1500s]
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in (all good) conscience

In all fairness; by any reasonable standard.
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In Conscience and Calling, Patrick weaves together a variety of writings on the witness of women who struggle to give voice to a more just social order in the world and the church.
Indeed, we might be reminded of the teachings of Leo XIII, that those who accept the Catholic faith in conscience are consequently obligated, in conscience, to obedience to that faith (SC, 4).
that beeing borne subjects of this land, yet choose rather to die then to acknowledge (as they are bound in conscience) the Kings Majestie to bee supreame governour under God in all causes and over all persons" (37-38), and he is equally adamant that if human authority commands "things that are evill and forbidden by God, then is there no bond of conscience at al; but contrariwise men are bound in conscience not to obey" (34).
Pope John Paul II maintains that in the case of laws such as those which claim to legitimize abortion or euthanasia, there is no obligation in conscience to obey such laws; instead "there is a grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection.
Church courts must decide whether there is objectively such a nullity of marriage, because there are canonical laws binding in conscience.
In a statement Cardinal Hume explained that he had not refused the sacrament because the man was homosexual, but because he was using the Mass to seek public endorsement of a private decision made in conscience.