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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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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How did Strzok respond: Strzok claimed that, to his knowledge, he was removed from the probe for reasons related to public perception — presumably to maintain trust in the integrity of Mueller’s team — rather than any concern about bias on his part. Alana Abramson, Time, "3 Moments That Actually Mattered at the Peter Strzok Hearing," 13 July 2018 Mr Haris briefly quit, saying that the NAB’s arbitrary rush to reach a judgment—handily, for Mr Sharif’s enemies, just before the election—was undermining the integrity of the proceedings. The Economist, "Pakistan’s former prime minister embraces jail to rally his party," 12 July 2018 Without one, Section 5 is effectively a dead letter, with dire consequences for the integrity of American democracy. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How the Supreme Court Kills Roe v. Wade," 11 July 2018 Most corruption fighters around the world rely on a belief that people naturally want openness, integrity, and accountability in both their private and civic lives. The Christian Science Monitor, "An impending revolution in Mexico," 3 July 2018 Many countries bestow creators with a right of attribution and the right to the integrity of their work. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jay-Z Triumphs in "Big Pimpin" Appeal as Egyptians Can't Enforce Moral Rights," 31 May 2018 Some companies, like Gazelle, establish these policies themselves, while others rely on the integrity of the sellers and buyers. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "What to Think About Before Buying a Used Smartphone," 25 May 2018 There is also growing attention being paid to the integrity of an oil pipeline under the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan that is owned by Enbridge Inc., which also operates a pipeline system in Wisconsin. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "First fuel shipments in a decade leave Port of Milwaukee this spring, raising concerns," 24 May 2018 Water percolates through such artificial embankments; the rats and land crabs soon destroy their integrity. Daniel C. Schlenoff, Scientific American, "“Foul Treachery” of Trotsky and Lenin in 1918; Phineas Gage’s Brain in 1868," 13 July 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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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 \

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 \
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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