in·​teg·​ri·​ty in-ˈte-grə-tē How to pronounce integrity (audio)
: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
: an unimpaired condition : soundness
: the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness
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.
Recent Examples on the Web After analyzing thousands of hours of social media content, for example, researchers found that 70% of denial material on YouTube focused either on attacking climate solutions as unworkable, or on attacking the integrity of climate scientists and their research. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 June 2024 Tarrant County’s district attorney has investigated 12 complaints about improper voting since an election integrity task force was formed in February 2023. Noah Alcala Bach, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 June 2024 Block voted twice as a commissioner in 2022 against certifying local election results while stoking doubts about election integrity. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 5 June 2024 Judicial system integrity Many attorneys who filed abusive pleadings challenging the 2020 presidential election have paid a price, incurring litigation costs, judicial condemnation and reputational damage. Elise J. Bean, The Conversation, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for integrity 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of integrity was in the 14th century

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“Integrity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​teg·​ri·​ty in-ˈteg-rət-ē How to pronounce integrity (audio)
: the condition of being free from damage or defect
: total honesty and sincerity
: the quality or state of being complete or undivided

Medical Definition


in·​teg·​ri·​ty in-ˈteg-rət-ē How to pronounce integrity (audio)
plural integrities
: an unimpaired condition
personality function depends greatly upon the integrity of brain functionDiagnostic & Statistical Manual

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