integrity

noun
in·​teg·​ri·​ty | \ in-ˈte-grə-tē How to pronounce integrity (audio) \

Definition of integrity

1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
2 : an unimpaired condition : soundness
3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness

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Choose the Right Synonym for integrity

honesty, honor, integrity, probity mean uprightness of character or action. honesty implies a refusal to lie, steal, or deceive in any way. honor suggests an active or anxious regard for the standards of one's profession, calling, or position. integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge. probity implies tried and proven honesty or integrity.

Examples of integrity in a Sentence

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.
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The highest level of integrity, professionalism and expertise in real estate awaits you at LIV Sotheby’s International Realty. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "Welcome to Uptown 240, Dillon’s newest and most luxurious residential community," 20 June 2019 Apparently, Gary owes him eight months in back rent and many thousands of dollars for some fire damage that compromised the apartment’s structural integrity (the result of an unfortunate Kegerator accident). Danielle Kraese, The New Yorker, "A Perfect, Preëmptive Obituary for My Ex-Boyfriend," 18 June 2019 The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association calls it a question of integrity. The Christian Science Monitor, "The umbrellas of Hong Kong," 17 June 2019 Our philosophy is to be surrounded with talented, caring people who all have the highest level of integrity, and to provide them with an environment that helps them succeed professionally and personally. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Small Company Rankings," 13 June 2019 Wanda Durant has a message for anyone still doubting whether her son, Kevin, a two-time Finals MVP, is a man of integrity. Kaelen Jones, SI.com, "Kevin Durant's Mother Voices Support for Her Son After Achilles Injury in Finals," 11 June 2019 Rick just uses ingredients of impeccable integrity. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Santana Talks New Album Africa Speaks, 20th Anniversary of 'Smooth' and Return to Woodstock," 7 June 2019 Then, in 1960, a director decreed that no one would be permitted to enter screenings once his new film had begun: the integrity of the viewing experience was paramount. J.b., The Economist, "Why spoilers are ruining storytelling," 7 June 2019 One of his most lasting contributions to design was the concept of tensegrity, a portmanteau of tensional integrity. Popular Mechanics, "The Squishy Robots That Could Save the World," 13 May 2019

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First Known Use of integrity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for integrity

Middle English integrite, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French integrité, from Latin integritat-, integritas, from integr-, integer entire

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integrity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of integrity

: the quality of being honest and fair
: the state of being complete or whole

integrity

noun
in·​teg·​ri·​ty | \ in-ˈte-grə-tē How to pronounce integrity (audio) \

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.

integrity

noun
in·​teg·​ri·​ty | \ in-ˈteg-rət-ē How to pronounce integrity (audio) \
plural integrities

Medical Definition of integrity

: an unimpaired condition personality function depends greatly upon the integrity of brain functionDiagnostic & Statistical Manual

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