integrity

noun
in·​teg·​ri·​ty | \ in-ˈte-grə-tē How to pronounce integrity (audio) \

Essential Meaning of integrity

1 : the quality of being honest and fair He has a reputation for integrity [=honesty] in his business dealings. He's a man of the highest/greatest integrity. See More Examplesacademic integrity I admire her artistic/personal integrity. She had the integrity to refuse to compromise on matters of principle.Hide
2 : the state of being complete or whole 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.

Full 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 After the November election, Facebook dissolved the civic integrity union where Haugen had been working. Marcy Gordon, ajc, 5 Oct. 2021 Ogwumike received 19 of 49 votes for the award that honors a player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, including ethical behavior, fair play and integrity. Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2021 As a standard procedure, the sheriff’s office, internal affairs and the public integrity unit is conducting an investigation into his death, officials said. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Oct. 2021 Her team was dissolved in late 2020, and the members were shuffled into other parts of the broader integrity division. Jeff Horwitz, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2021 Cole, the Yankees’ $324 million ace, will start opposite Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi, two burly right-handers who stretch the limits of radar guns and competitive integrity. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021 After the November election, Facebook dissolved the civic integrity unit where Haugen had been working. Marcy Gordon, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Oct. 2021 After the November election, Facebook dissolved the civic integrity unit where Haugen had been working. Marcy Gordon, chicagotribune.com, 5 Oct. 2021 The Facebook whistleblower who released tens of thousands of pages of internal research and documents from the company has revealed herself as Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager who worked on civic integrity issues at the company. Aj Willingham, CNN, 4 Oct. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'integrity.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/integrity. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for integrity

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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