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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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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Recent Examples on the Web While introducing his nominee for attorney general, Merrick Garland, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. said the nation needed to restore the independence and integrity of the Justice Department. New York Times, "With Democrats in Control, Biden Moves to Advance Agenda," 7 Jan. 2021 His sharp rebuke offered the most vivid example of how Trump’s sustained assault on Georgia’s voting integrity has roiled the state’s politics before Tuesday’s runoffs. Richard Fausset,, "As Georgia prepares to vote, Trump’s interference draws rebuke," 4 Jan. 2021 While the Electoral College already voted to certify Biden as the winner, congressional Republicans maintain that the results should not be certified without hearings and investigations to ensure the election's integrity. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Tom Cotton will not partake in Jan. 6 election protest," 4 Jan. 2021 Cardboard can be recycled up to 10 to 12 times before fibers lose integrity, experts estimate. Shwanika Narayan,, "E-commerce ruled the holidays. So why aren’t Bay Area recycling centers choking on cardboard?," 30 Dec. 2020 Tyson said an investigation led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder found sufficient evidence to terminate those involved, saying their actions violated the company's values of respect and integrity. Ryan J. Foley, USA TODAY, "Fired boss at Tysons Iowa pork plant says COVID-19 betting pool was a 'morale boost'," 30 Dec. 2020 Authorities also requested a structural engineer to evaluate the home’s structural integrity. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vehicle hits Clairemont home, shearing gas meter and prompting blockwide evacuations," 30 Dec. 2020 The implicit vision guiding most of our integrity work today is one where all human discourse is overseen by perfect, fair, omniscient robots owned by Mark Zuckerberg. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Workers of the Facebook, Unite!," 29 Dec. 2020 But agency officials say upholding research integrity consists of more than just learning about who else might be funding someone applying for a grant. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Report finds holes in U.S. policies on foreign influence in research," 28 Dec. 2020

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

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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Integrity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of integrity

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


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.


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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