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 Widely seen as the establishment candidate -- and echoing general GOP concerns about election integrity -- Taylor Robson also outspent Lake. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 4 Aug. 2022 In many cases, Republican lawmakers are being defeated by challengers portraying themselves as more conservative on election integrity, transgender policies, school instruction and other hot-button issues. Todd Richmond And David A. Lieb, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Aug. 2022 Candidates' platforms cover an array of other issues Outside of election integrity, all of the candidates list supporting police and public safety as one of their main priorities. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, 3 Aug. 2022 New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said threats to election integrity are growing by the day, noting the recent case in her state of a county commissioner who refused to certify the results of a primary. Mary Clare Jalonick, ajc, 3 Aug. 2022 The Edison Research feed does not represent the official vote total, Philip Stark, an election integrity expert at the University of California, Berkeley, told USA TODAY in an email. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2022 The Kentucky Interim Joint Committee on State Government held a hearing last week on election integrity. Joshua A. Douglas, CNN, 26 July 2022 Levine, the election integrity expert who previously served as a local elections director in Idaho and now lives in Maryland, has closely watched how Maryland has administered the primary. Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun, 25 July 2022 In her testimony, Howard urged Congress to allocate more funds for protecting election officials and to direct federal agencies to focus on the issue and combat misinformation about election integrity in any way possible. Wired, 22 July 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 15 Aug. 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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