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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web This column appreciates the view of many Americans that the President seems to want to maintain the integrity of every national border except our own. James Freeman, WSJ, 24 May 2022 But many Republican candidates this year, whether endorsed by Mr. Trump or not, have embraced his style of politics, including false claims about the integrity of the 2020 elections. New York Times, 24 May 2022 As our cities continue to spread out into suburban and rural areas our government leaders need to fund and maintain the integrity of our roadways, and our transit systems. Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 Worcester acting Fire Chief Martin Dyer told reporters Monday that investigators were carefully searching the building, and that the process had been slowed by concerns about the integrity of the structure. Globe Staff,, 18 May 2022 Mackie's comments follow similar sentiments from historians who say that Kardashian's Marilyn moment at the Met Ball was a disrespectful to the integrity of the gown and its priceless history. Janine Henni,, 17 May 2022 Secretary of state elections across the country may prove even more consequential because those officials oversee elections, control the machinery and vastly influence public opinion with their pronouncements about the integrity of the vote. Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, 15 May 2022 The ability to quickly react and adapt to change, in ways that maintain the integrity of the service delivery model and the evaluation methodology, is key. The Sorenson Impact Center, Forbes, 13 May 2022 In order to maintain the fabric’s integrity, the dress will not be washed. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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