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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And is the integrity of the NFL at stake long term if teams take the 0–16 approach? Albert Breer, SI.com, "Mike Zimmer and the Vikings May Deserve More Hype This Season Than Last," 12 Sep. 2019 In the meantime, who plays is important to the integrity of the front office/coaching staff. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns: What is the message with Austin Corbett not starting? — Terry Pluto," 23 Aug. 2019 This led a segment of the American elite to regard these culturally isolated French speakers as a potential threat to the territorial integrity of the United States—pawns, conspiracy theorists said, in a Catholic plot to subvert the U.S. Northeast. David Vernette, Smithsonian, "When an Influx of French-Canadian Immigrants Struck Fear Into Americans," 21 Aug. 2019 Game integrity is what will set this offering apart from offshore books, right? oregonlive.com, "Canzano: Oregon Lottery poised to launch live sports book... soon," 16 Aug. 2019 And aside from the gorgeous contemporary accents, the developers also maintained the Victorian integrity of the home's veneer while completely modernizing the interior. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "This Designer's NYC Apartment Has Big Texas Style (And an Even Bigger Backstory)," 13 Aug. 2019 The integrity of our voting system is under attack. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your Say: Election 2020 priorities," 2 Aug. 2019 And the integrity that makes her the dominant analyst isn’t limited to cold physics. The Christian Science Monitor, "The rule of a higher law in Hong Kong," 9 July 2019 Sheldon was truly loved by many for his integrity, intelligence, generosity, his direct manner, welcoming smile, and his special talent of making people feel his interest, attention, and love. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 9/4," 4 Sep. 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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More Definitions for integrity

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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