in good conscience

in good conscience

Having or displaying respectable motives that would not cause one to feel guilty. Despite the promise of massive bonuses, I could not in good conscience sell our customers sub-prime mortgages. I have to be able to sign off on the company's accounts in good conscience.
See also: conscience, good

in (all) good conscience

Fig. having good motives; displaying motives that will not result in a guilty conscience. In all good conscience, I could not recommend that you buy this car. In good conscience, she could not accept the reward. She had only been acting as a good citizen should.
See also: conscience, good

in all/good ˈconscience

while being honest or just: You cannot in all conscience think that is fair pay.
See also: all, conscience, good
References in periodicals archive ?
The circumspect know, however, that custom does not always cohere with what ought to be done in good conscience.
Director Barbara Rick was inspired to make In Good Conscience after reading about Sister Jeannine in the New York Times in 2000, and has called her, "a gentle revolutionary with the grace, patience and fortitude to try to change an abysmally stubborn institution rather than just walk away.
In contrast, many liberal theologians counsel that a loving person can in good conscience ignore the moral commandments of the Bible against fornication and adultery.
Does this mean a Catholic legislator could ever vote in good conscience for a bill that supports abortion?
In his first essay, he notes the reasons why some IMB missionaries cannot in good conscience sign the document.
I'd thought about subscribing to E Magazine, but find that I cannot, in good conscience, fund this sort of propagandizing.
Instead, it establishes that 'choice,' when it comes to abortion, is a two-way street, and recognizes the right of doctors, nurses and other health care providers to be free of state coercion if they can't, in good conscience, because of their moral, ethical or religious beliefs, perform an abortion.
No, it is impossible, in good conscience, to vote for Mr.
It's high time we admit reality: no amount of railing or threatening from popes or bishops seems to affect people's decisions on the use of birth control made in good conscience.
Lay in good conscience repeatedly tell employees, who had their life savings tied up in Enron stock, that everything was on the up-and-up and that they should buy even more Enron stock?
Bishop Fred Henry of Calgary has long since said that he, in good conscience, cannot give Communion to Paul Martin and politicians like him (See C.
Westergaard further stated: " From this moment forward, no dentist can in good conscience treat children for removal of tooth decay by conventional means.
In it, the bishops famously wrote that "whoever honestly chooses that course which seems right to him does so in good conscience.
The Winnipeg Statement teaches that sometimes couples may practise contraception in good conscience (n.
Let us suppose that an Ontario judge were now to refuse to perform a civil marriage for a gay or lesbian couple on the ground that as a conscientious Christian, he or she could not in good conscience engage in such a travesty of a true marriage.