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[in-teg-ri-tee] /ɪnˈtɛg rɪ ti/
adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished:
to preserve the integrity of the empire.
a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition:
the integrity of a ship's hull.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English integrite < Latin integritās. See integer, -ity
1. rectitude, probity, virtue. See honor.
1. dishonesty. Unabridged
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Examples for integrity
  • To maintain the integrity of the house, the owners had the walls repaired with plaster, not drywall.
  • But once he began to speak, what people sensed was his integrity.
  • His operation can't get much bigger and still maintain its environmental and ethical integrity.
  • He had the courage and integrity to openly state his beliefs and the guts to shoulder the consequences of his actions.
  • Identifying performers in film as veterans became a narrative short-cut, a quick way to establish their integrity.
  • The integrity of the product and the skill of the distiller are second to none.
  • Thank you for the music, thank-you also for the intelligent integrity of your life.
  • Under all the veneers of flamboyance is someone of impeccable integrity.
  • To keep the integrity of the recordings intact, de-noising technology and overall volume limiting was used sparingly.
  • They reflect our own lack of judgment, integrity, decency and objectivity.
British Dictionary definitions for integrity


adherence to moral principles; honesty
the quality of being unimpaired; soundness
unity; wholeness
Word Origin
C15: from Latin integritās; see integer
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Word Origin and History for integrity

c.1400, "innocence, blamelessness; chastity, purity," from Old French integrité or directly from Latin integritatem (nominative integritas) "soundness, wholeness, blamelessness," from integer "whole" (see integer). Sense of "wholeness, perfect condition" is mid-15c.

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integrity in Medicine

integrity in·teg·ri·ty (ĭn-těg'rĭ-tē)
The state of being unimpaired; soundness or wholeness.

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integrity in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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