noun in·teg·ri·ty \in-ˈte-grə-tē\

Definition of integrity

  1. 1 :  firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values :  incorruptibility

  2. 2 :  an unimpaired condition :  soundness

  3. 3 :  the quality or state of being complete or undivided :  completeness

Examples of integrity in a sentence

  1. Many were tempted by a piece of the equity action and compromised their integrity. —Bruce Nussbaum, Business Week, 28 Jan. 2002

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. … 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

  5. He's a man of the highest integrity.

  6. I admire her artistic integrity.

  7. She had the integrity to refuse to compromise on matters of principle.

  8. Without music, the film loses its integrity.

  9. They are trying to preserve the cultural integrity of the community.

  10. The earthquake may have damaged the building's structural integrity.

Origin and Etymology 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

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.

INTEGRITY Defined for English Language Learners


noun in·teg·ri·ty \in-ˈte-grə-tē\

Definition of integrity for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of being honest and fair

  • : the state of being complete or whole

INTEGRITY Defined for Kids


noun in·teg·ri·ty \in-ˈte-grə-tē\

Definition of integrity for Students

  1. 1 :  total honesty and sincerity a person of integrity

  2. 2 :  the condition of being free from damage or defect The building has structural integrity.

Medical Dictionary


noun in·teg·ri·ty \in-ˈteg-rət-ē\

Medical Definition of integrity



  1. :  an unimpaired condition personality function depends greatly upon the integrity of brain function—Diagnostic & Statistical Manual

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