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 This has nothing to do with talent, and degrades the integrity of the show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Voice' Fans Are Going Off About the Four-Way Knockout Round," 3 May 2020 The focus was on two primary areas: ensuring access to drugs and acting with integrity and responsibility. Stewart Lyman, STAT, "If pharma helps quench the Covid-19 pandemic, what will it want in return?," 21 Apr. 2020 This toaster allows you to keep the integrity of the long slice. Popular Science, "Toasters that will deliver golden brown perfection," 10 Apr. 2020 Facebook fixes glitch that blocked links on coronavirus Facebook's vice president of integrity, Guy Rosen, said Tuesday that a bug in the social network's anti-spam system temporarily blocked links users tried to post about the coronavirus. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "March 18, 2020," 18 Mar. 2020 Looping through and around the burial chambers is a winding, maze-like network of tunnels that was likely designed to prevent theft but apparently weakened the building’s structural integrity, according to Atlas Obscura. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Egypt’s Oldest Pyramid Reopens to Public After 14-Year Hiatus," 11 Mar. 2020 The jurors who served with integrity under difficult circumstances cared. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Judge rejects Roger Stone's request to remove her from case," 24 Feb. 2020 The jurors who served with integrity under difficult circumstances cared. Lucien Bruggeman, ABC News, "Judge's impassioned remarks in Roger Stone case: 'The truth still matters'," 21 Feb. 2020 The steroid use scandal uncovered in 2004, which, compared to Rose’s betting, involved far greater offenses to the game’s integrity, brought no banishments. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, "Say It Is So: Baseball’s Disgrace," 20 Feb. 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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13 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Integrity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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