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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That meant not only removing extensions, but also making sure the integrity of Dee's own hair wasn't compromised in the process — not always an easy thing to do. Marci Robin, Allure, "How Colorist Rebecca Taylor Pulled Off This Stunning Transformation on a Client’s Stubborn Blue Hair," 6 Oct. 2018 He will be remembered as a loving husband, loyal friend, avid Red Sox fan and a fair man with determination, honor and integrity. Hartford Courant,, "John Francis Connors Sr.," 6 July 2018 The most crucial weakness is a form of encryption that doesn’t protect the integrity of the data. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "LTE wireless connections used by billions aren’t as secure as we thought," 29 June 2018 The integrity of athletes lies in their ability to master the circumstances of a game. The Christian Science Monitor, "Mixing sports and sports gambling is no game," 14 May 2018 Shirley lead her life with integrity, kindness but most of all generosity. Hartford Courant,, "Shirley I. St. Amour," 1 July 2018 The defendant's recent assault on the integrity of the survivors and the legal process is predictable. CBS News, "Harvey Weinstein indicted on rape charges by New York grand jury," 30 May 2018 The doctor has a hell of a time trying to maintain a semblance of professional integrity in the face of Violet's frank attempts to buy him. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "Raven Theatre can’t deliver on Suddenly Last Summer’s mythic, monstrous potential," 16 May 2018 The Patriot Act in 2001 allowed the Treasury to label foreign banks as threats to financial integrity and to ban them from the system for clearing dollar payments. The Economist, "Zap! American officials can destroy foreign firms like gremlins on a screen," 5 May 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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