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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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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Blood drive The San Diego Blood Bank asked residents to give blood to maintain the integrity of the county’s blood supply throughout summer. Ramona Sentinel, "News Briefs: Holiday closures, blood drive," 3 July 2019 The authoritarian leader has emphasized the importance of maintaining the integrity of China’s territory and sought to expand Beijing’s influence in Hong Kong. Javier C. Hernández, BostonGlobe.com, "China calls Hong Kong protesters who stormed legislature ‘extreme radicals’," 2 July 2019 Traditionally, landowners and shepherds have been responsible for maintaining the dyke’s integrity, but the North Ronaldsay population is aging, and the community is in need of help. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Remote Scottish Island Needs Help Protecting Its Seaweed-Eating Sheep," 27 June 2019 Authorities are not releasing more information on the arrest for now to maintain the integrity of the investigation. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Woman arrested in the death of a former Arkansas state senator," 15 June 2019 But now, implicated in recent college admissions scandals as a corruptible way to gain entrée to selective schools, the SAT’s integrity and utility are under fire. Annie Abrams, The New Republic, "The College Board Hopes to Profit from “Adversity”," 6 June 2019 This would also explain why Chidi decides to reboot his memory in the Season 3 finale — not as a way to maintain the integrity of the experiment, but as torture for Eleanor. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 6 Craziest ‘The Good Place’ Fan Theories on Reddit," 16 May 2019 Regardless of how much lightening will be involved, both also advise asking your stylist to combine a bond builder like Olaplex into their formulas to help maintain the integrity of your hair throughout the process. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How to Achieve the Bold Green Hair-Color Trend Like a Celebrity," 29 Aug. 2018 At the crux of the Cass-Henry debates are two issues: preservation — the goal of maintaining historical integrity in a rapidly changing neighborhood; and affordability, to stop displacement. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Cass-Henry Historic District vote delayed, leaving Ilitch buildings in limbo," 3 July 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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