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 States also have tools to protect election integrity with mail-in ballots. Barbara Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "The 19th Explains: Everything you need to know about voting and Election Day 2020," 12 Oct. 2020 The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by voting integrity activists that challenges the election system the state bought last year from Dominion Voting Systems for more than $100 million. Kate Brumback, Star Tribune, "Judge won't order immediate switch to hand-marked ballots," 11 Oct. 2020 The Democrats are suing in every state to get rid of signature verification, to extend the length of the election, to get rid of all the witness requirements to ensure election integrity. CBS News, "Transcript: Ronna McDaniel on "Face the Nation," October 11, 2020," 11 Oct. 2020 The Center Square reported on the issue of creating a commission that oversees election integrity to ensure fair elections, which sparked tensions in the Pennsylvania legislature. Chris Krug, Washington Examiner, "Data sheds new light on Michigan governor’s handling of nursing home illnesses amid coronavirus," 5 Oct. 2020 Abbott said the new restrictions were needed to protect election integrity. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "State Republicans' challenge to early voting creates turmoil, uncertainty for Fort Bend County election officials," 2 Oct. 2020 Arizona argues both of its policies are common-sense measures that protect election integrity. Brent Kendall And Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court to Review Arizona Voting Rules," 2 Oct. 2020 Covid-19, election integrity, California wildfires. Grace Huckins, Wired, "WIRED25 Day 3: Look at Problems in a New Way," 30 Sep. 2020 Fox News' Chris Wallace will moderate, and he's released a list of six general topics: the candidates' records, the Supreme Court, Covid-19, the economy, race and violence, and election integrity. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for September 29: Covid-19, debate, stimulus, Breonna Taylor, fires," 29 Sep. 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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The first known use of integrity was in the 14th century

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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Integrity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 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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