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 The benefits: Local or state clauses could prevent a structure on the register from being altered or destroyed and certain building code requirements are waived in the interest of preserving historic integrity. oregonlive, "Relocated 1880 Portland mansion earns a spot on the National Register of Historic Places," 3 Dec. 2019 These detours from integrity are brief, though, and explained in the final act. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Unlikely Hero of Rian Johnson’s Knives Out," 29 Nov. 2019 But the conviction integrity’s unit’s main purpose is the truth. New York Times, "Prosecutors Usually Send People to Prison. These Are Getting Them Out.," 28 Nov. 2019 Software updates changed estimates for the cost of disasters; its platform gave inaccurate data on buildings’ structural integrity. The Economist, "Firms that analyse climate risks are the latest hot property," 23 Nov. 2019 David Hinds, who regrets that Steel Pulse never recorded with Vaughn, solemnly expressed his admiration for Vaughn’s integrity. Patricia Meschino, Billboard, "'Hypnotic, Enchanted, Provocative': Midnite Singer Vaughn Benjamin Honored as Impactful Force in Reggae," 22 Nov. 2019 The same poll said 49% of Israelis saw him as lacking integrity. David A. Frank, The Conversation, "A major democracy fights to maintain the rule of law – this time, it’s Israel," 22 Nov. 2019 Cao Xuetao, ironically, has been involved in efforts to improve research integrity in China. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Top Chinese researcher faces questions about image manipulation," 22 Nov. 2019 An election integrity advocate is criticizing Minnesota officials for what the group characterizes as a weak defense of a lawsuit aimed at restoring voting rights for convicted felons on probation. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Election integrity group says Minnesota is not properly defending felon voting ban," 22 Nov. 2019

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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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10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Integrity.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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