integrity

noun
in·​teg·​ri·​ty | \ in-ˈte-grə-tē \

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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But as writers started questioning the integrity of Boris' design, evidence of his fraud starting cropping up on social media. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Dancing Robot at Russian Event Turns Out to Be a Man in a Costume," 12 Dec. 2018 Americans will be forever grateful for his heroic military service and for his steadfast integrity as a member of the United States Senate. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Every Living President Has Paid Tribute to the Late Senator John McCain," 26 Aug. 2018 In addition to the hot spots, Phoenix fire is using extreme caution due to the lack of structural integrity of the remaining walls, Subervi said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Lessons from Phoenix firefighter's 2001 death influenced way crews handled Safeway fire," 12 July 2018 She is also organized, dedicated, professional and has a high level of integrity. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor ‘fell in love’ with real estate industry," 8 July 2018 Jeff Long is a skilled administrator and a person of integrity. Jesse Newell And Gary Bedore, kansascity, "KU hires Jeff Long as new football-savvy, fundraising-friendly athletic director," 5 July 2018 Nadine handles herself with a level of integrity in the music industry that is a beacon and should serve as a reminder of how to get things done with partners. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Moves at Republic, Music Choice, Parlophone & More," 15 June 2018 Online voting would be a huge threat to the integrity of our elections—and to public faith in election outcomes. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Blockchain-based elections would be a disaster for democracy," 6 Nov. 2018 Even though the content was flagged as false, there had been no consequences, as WordPress’ ToS focuses on copyright issues and account security more than the integrity of content. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "WordPress removes several alt-right blogs that spread Sandy Hook conspiracies," 17 Aug. 2018

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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 \

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 \
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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