integrity

noun
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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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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To that point, election integrity shouldn’t be a partisan issue. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Vote Fraud, in the Flesh," 22 Feb. 2019 Raffensperger has also criticized calls to overturn some of Kemp’s more controversial practices like aggressive purges of infrequent voters, arguing that election integrity will be best preserved through strict voting measures. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Republican Brad Raffensperger wins Georgia secretary of state runoff," 5 Dec. 2018 Even if the hypervisor and operating system are compromised, the integrity and confidentiality of the enclave should be unaffected. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel’s SGX blown wide open by, you guessed it, a speculative execution attack," 14 Aug. 2018 Magnolia has bought into maintaining the historical integrity of the house. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Just Bought A Museum to Go With Their Castle," 12 Mar. 2019 Guto Harri, Johnson’s former communications chief, said Johnson’s popular image as a politician of character and integrity had been destroyed by Brexit. Washington Post, "Regret, relief at departure of Boris Johnson as top UK envoy," 10 July 2018 Licenses and Inspections will be on scene to look at the physical integrity of the home, but that pales in comparison when a life was lost enjoying a summer day outside. CBS News, "SEPTA bus slams into Philadelphia home, killing one and injuring several," 6 July 2018 If that’s the case, Shaughnessy Naughton is someone of exceptional integrity, and only appears to grow more motivated with each setback. Hans Aschim, Harper's BAZAAR, "Could More Female Scientists in Public Office Save America?," 8 Oct. 2018 Buzzfeed is on the continuum of journalistic integrity and unscrupulousness somewhere toward the unscrupulous side. Robert Wright, WIRED, "Sam Harris and the Myth of Perfectly Rational Thought," 17 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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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 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.

integrity

noun
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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