integrity

noun
in·​teg·​ri·​ty | \ in-ˈte-grə-tē \

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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Recent Examples on the Web

The team remained committed to keep the integrity and legacy of Spyro that fans remembered intact. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Activision ignores accessibility guidelines, skips Spyro subtitles," 19 Nov. 2018 As for his legacy, it’s one built on hard work, uncompromising vision, and integrity—one that is now being preserved for future generations to explore. David Nash, Town & Country, "James Galanos and the Integrity of 20th Century Fashion," 6 Nov. 2018 The Kouma represents strength, integrity and authority and is cut from a unique type of Ngāi Tahu jade. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Unique Necklace Is a Symbol of Strength and Integrity," 31 Oct. 2018 In recent months, the 53-year-old commander has launched an anti-corruption unit and introduced plans for random integrity and polygraph testing. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Baltimore police commissioner admits he failed to file taxes in wake of federal charges," 2 Oct. 2018 All parties involved in the Cincinnati pact credited Herrmann’s leadership, integrity and fairness for coming to terms so quickly and agreeably. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Our history: Major League Baseball birthed in Cincinnati," 27 June 2018 The petition for a temporary restraining order was made by attorney Carol Chumney, who represents a group of voters in a lawsuit seeking to preserve the integrity of the election. Adrian Sainz, The Seattle Times, "Judge rules against voting security advocates in Tennessee," 16 Oct. 2018 Romley said that any prosecutor would want to preserve the integrity of a criminal investigation. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Maricopa County attorney seeks to usurp police control of records, video," 20 May 2018 But as writers started questioning the integrity of Boris' design, evidence of his fraud starting cropping up on social media. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Dancing Robot at Russian Event Turns Out to Be a Man in a Costume," 12 Dec. 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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More Definitions for integrity

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 \

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 \
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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