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I'm looking to send a chat to someone that conveys this message/thought but I simply cannot, for the life of me, remember what word I used to use for this.

The message I'm looking to send goes along the lines of, in a positive light,

  • I have been able to free up more time recently due to workflow efficiency improvements but for ________ sake I would like to stick to our original terms, which is X days to complete Y milestone.
  • Her company gave her a generous Christmas bonus and she can return what she owes you immediately. However, in the name of ________, she wants to follow your original amortization terms.

I was thinking of the word "formality" but in the second example, it may have been a simple, informal oral agreement between the two of them. I'm looking for a word that's sort of the antonym of "indecisiveness" and "turncoat".

Edit: I failed to make it clear before. The context is between two/a few parties. The answers and the flagged question holds the agreement to widely-accepted societal morals and standards, which may not necessarily be the case for the agreement the parties might have entered into.

What I was looking for, after additional thought, is

Her company gave her a generous Christmas bonus and she can return what she owes you immediately. However, in the name of [the agreement between them, or something that conveys this thought], she wants to follow your original amortization terms.

This would work for me:

Her company gave her a generous Christmas bonus and she can return what she owes you immediately. However, [in the name of commitment/for the sake of the commitment between the two of you (non-one word)], she wants to follow your original amortization terms.

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  • I'd use 'propriety' if I didn't rephrase. Mar 17 at 14:48
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Sounds like Integrity.

"adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty." integrity

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Ethics seems to work well in the context provided.

[ethics plural in form but singular or plural in construction]

the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation

[Merriam-Webster]

You could thus say:

I have been able to free up more time recently due to workflow efficiency improvements but for ethics' sake I would like to stick to our original terms, which is X days to complete Y milestone.

Another word that fits the bill nicely is principle

a moral rule or standard of good behavior or fair dealing:

His guiding principle is that everyone should have equal access to high-quality health care.

[Cambridge]

You could thus say:

Her company gave her a generous Christmas bonus and she can return what she owes you immediately. However, in the name of principle she wants to follow your original amortization terms.

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For protocol’s sake refers to adherence to what has been agreed in some official circumstance, such as financial, legal or diplomatic.

Adherence to protocol overrides informal or ad-hoc arrangements such as are implied as possibilities in your two examples.

Protocol = the system of rules and acceptable behaviour that people or organizations should follow in official situations, for example when they have formal discussions

Cambridge

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The word I was looking for was commitment.

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    Please don't add "thank you" as an answer. Instead, accept the answer that you found most helpful. - From Review Mar 17 at 13:47
  • @FeliniusRex Thank you for the instruction. Didn't know that before
    – Aloha
    Mar 17 at 14:51

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