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 You guys have to stop and start reporting more like PBS does rather than TV news show that does not have any journalistic integrity at all. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Trump impeachment lawyer unleashes on 'bloodthirsty' media 'trying to divide this country' during live interview," 14 Feb. 2021 This breach of filmmaking integrity would be outrageous if Millennial audiences even knew that this awesome documentary overview of the civil-rights struggle existed (it’s been substituted by propaganda-worshiping James Baldwin and John Lewis). Armond White, National Review, "Judas and the Black Messiah," 12 Feb. 2021 In a letter to Lander, Biden outlined five key questions about the pandemic, climate change, technology, diversity and equity, and scientific integrity. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Biden Elevates Science in Week One Actions," 28 Jan. 2021 No city or county prosecutors in Virginia have conviction integrity units. Washington Post, "Va. attorney general launches Conviction Integrity Unit to identify wrongful convictions," 16 Jan. 2021 Without a budget to maintain the building’s historical integrity, Mr. Evans rented out the space for flashy events like film shoots and shows during New York Fashion Week, raking in millions of dollars. New York Times, "He Brought Moynihan Train Hall to Life, but Didn’t Live to See It," 15 Jan. 2021 Overall the bill is designed to auto-enroll likely Democratic voters, enhance Democratic turnout, with no concern for ballot integrity. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Pelosi’s Top Priority: Consolidating Power," 14 Jan. 2021 Yes, there’s always the siren song of the three starches of the current apocalypse -- potatoes, pasta, and fresh-baked sourdough bread -- or perhaps something with just a little more nutritional integrity like chili, chowders, and casseroles. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Porotos Ganados, Moqueca Bahaina, Carapulcra and more: Stews full of comfort from South America," 14 Jan. 2021 Scott Smullen, deputy director of NOAA communications, said the publication of the documents will be reviewed under the agency’s scientific integrity policy. Author: Andrew Freedman, Jason Samenow, Anchorage Daily News, "White House reassigns officials who published papers questioning seriousness of climate change," 12 Jan. 2021

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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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21 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Integrity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 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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