Simple Definition of integrity
: the quality of being honest and fair
: the state of being complete or whole
Examples of integrity
Many were tempted by a piece of the equity action and compromised their integrity. —Bruce Nussbaum, Business Week, 28 Jan. 2002
By September, Gorbachev had told his aides that with Eastern Europe and Germany lost, the task was to defend the integrity of the Soviet Union itself. —Condoleezza Rice, Newsweek, 22 Nov. 1999
But it is stunning to hear self-appointed watchdogs of public integrity shrug their shoulders at “standard” prosecutorial practice … —Wendy Kaminer, New York Times Book Review, 22 Mar. 1998
… a hundred-and-one-year-old Jewish philanthropist … donated two and a quarter million dollars to the Archdiocese to purchase the property and preserve the integrity of the landmark. —Brendan Gill, New Yorker, 10 June 1991
He's a man of the highest integrity.
I admire her artistic integrity.
She had the integrity to refuse to compromise on matters of principle.
Without music, the film loses its integrity.
They are trying to preserve the cultural integrity of the community.
The earthquake may have damaged the building's structural integrity.
Origin of integrity
Middle English integrite, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French integrité, from Latin integritat-, integritas, from integr-, integer entire
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of integrity
INTEGRITY Defined for Kids
Definition of integrity
1 : total honesty and sincerity <a person of integrity>
2 : the condition of being free from damage or defect <The building has structural integrity.>
Medical Definition of integrity
: an unimpaired condition <personality function depends greatly upon the integrity of brain function—Diagnostic & Statistical Manual>
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