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The following is a passage from this article:

In the spirit of full disclosure, the texter in question turned out to be my editor at Salon. (Hi, Sarah!) She has not texted me again.

What does in the spirit of in the passage mean? I have looked it up in the dictionaries, but couldn't find a definition for it.

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Taking the sentence as a whole, the texter feels that full disclosure is very important. Therefore, a text was issued. The text was issued in the spirit of the perceived requirement for full disclosure.

In other words, an act performed in the spirit of something is done because the something requires it. The reason given is often moral, as it is in the example.

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In the spirit of, means that the person involved was in the right mood to do something.

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My understanding of this phrase is "considering the very core or true meaning of something, it is fitting to do what is mentioned immediately afterwards."

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