Definition of integrity in English:

integrity

noun

  • 1The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles:

    ‘a gentleman of complete integrity’
    • ‘And this type of cruel activity tells a lot about the moral integrity of a person.’
    • ‘May we instill in them the qualities of loyalty, integrity, and duty.’
    • ‘Then again, integrity, honesty and character are not items that can be used to describe today's left.’
    • ‘Leaders should not only speak with forthright approach, but base it on their own strong sense of integrity and will to work.’
    • ‘However, honesty and integrity are not common traits to many, especially when the prize is irresistible.’
    • ‘As such I would be looking for a long-term leader, someone with integrity and principles.’
    • ‘If the quality of integrity is absent in the person, how can it be present in his or her ideas?’
    • ‘While people may be sceptical about politicians who moralise, they are anxious to see them display integrity and principle.’
    • ‘That meant that he'd cease to have the same integrity on policy and principle: you need to compromise to win elections.’
    • ‘I knew him for years, travelled his country with him, and he was a man of strong character and integrity.’
    • ‘He was a man of strong character and integrity who liked to understand things for himself.’
    • ‘The President also demanded loyalty, integrity, and honest and hard work from his men and women he had chosen to work with.’
    • ‘Parents should teach their children that honesty and integrity are traits that matter in life.’
    • ‘He has enormous integrity and a clear moral code that he abides by.’
    • ‘‘A point has come where my moral integrity is on trial and I have to do what I feel is right,’ he said.’
    • ‘Every person has a responsibility to behave with integrity, honesty and fairness.’
    • ‘But Frist has a solid record of integrity and a strong record as a humanitarian.’
    • ‘They felt that I was honest and full of integrity and business capabilities.’
    • ‘The nobility, integrity, and visionary qualities of the man are reflected in his music.’
    • ‘Those who doubted, and they were few, spoke of a man of integrity with a strong commitment to republicanism.’
    honesty, uprightness, probity, rectitude, honour, honourableness, upstandingness, good character, ethics, morals, righteousness, morality, nobility, high-mindedness, right-mindedness, noble-mindedness, virtue, decency, fairness, scrupulousness, sincerity, truthfulness, trustworthiness
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  • 2The state of being whole and undivided:

    ‘upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty’
    • ‘The frame is braced with a steel support to preserve its integrity, and then the destructive fun begins.’
    • ‘Yeltsin had made repeated overtures to the Chechens to preserve Russia's territorial integrity.’
    • ‘Our constitution is a symbol of plurality, equality, justice, harmony, unity and integrity.’
    • ‘If the country's territorial integrity is to be respected, they must somehow work together.’
    • ‘An alliance with Britain would offer no guarantees with regard to territorial integrity of the Netherlands in Europe.’
    • ‘We want an Iraq that preserves its territorial integrity, its unity and its sovereignty.’
    • ‘The negative consequences endanger Pakistan's integrity and solidarity.’
    • ‘The principle of maintaining the territorial integrity of states remained sacrosanct.’
    • ‘Games which break the constitution, threaten national unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity will be banned.’
    • ‘We shall respect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of all our neighbours.’
    • ‘Territorial integrity of Bulgaria is not under danger, nor is that of most countries around the world.’
    • ‘The Paris treaty of Peace signed in 1946 secured Bulgaria's territorial integrity.’
    • ‘If we want our own rights to bodily integrity preserved, we have no choice but to uphold hers.’
    • ‘Ideas of territorial integrity and the ownership of territory are very strong.’
    • ‘It therefore meant to undermine the territorial integrity of Greece.’
    • ‘The key element is to preserve the activity and integrity of the specimen.’
    • ‘A question has emerged on the territorial integrity of the country.’
    • ‘Note also its traditional reference to territorial integrity.’
    • ‘This includes controls which are in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety.’
    • ‘His objective of subverting the unity and territorial integrity of India remains unchanged.’
    unity, unification, wholeness, coherence, cohesion, undividedness, togetherness, solidarity, coalition
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    1. 2.1 The condition of being unified or sound in construction:
      ‘the structural integrity of the novel’
      • ‘This is a minor technical issue that should not give anyone cause for concern about the structural integrity of their property.’
      • ‘Shorter logs in the load do not affect the strength integrity, as long as the majority of the logs are the full trailer length.’
      • ‘These enhancements assure increased structural integrity in the event of an accident or rollover.’
      • ‘It is also a good indicator of the general condition and structural integrity of the pavement condition.’
      • ‘There are concerns that the development of the waterfront will affect the structural integrity of nearby houses.’
      • ‘The reason that it becomes a problem is that infected wood loses its structural integrity.’
      • ‘Speaking of weight, I sat and stood on the case to test its structural integrity.’
      • ‘A curved bottom has greater structural integrity, just like an architectural arch or dome.’
      • ‘The pitch response is predictably quicker, but not so fast as to compromise its structural integrity.’
      • ‘These require multiple layers of carbon-fiber tape to assure structural integrity.’
      • ‘I am no aviation expert but surely the inner window seal plays an important role in the structural integrity of the fuselage.’
      • ‘Defects disrupting the structural integrity of a particular state will affect adjacent states.’
      • ‘The concrete serves to bond the polystyrene while providing limited structural integrity.’
      • ‘But these shortcomings are easily put right and are no reflection on the car's basic integrity.’
      • ‘That suture is an unexpected and original way of safeguarding the novel's integrity.’
      • ‘This led to problems of dry rot which, in turn, were beginning to affect the structural integrity of the floor joists and roof trusses of the building.’
      • ‘Our observations suggest that the structural integrity of the aircraft is compromised.’
      • ‘Reliance on these principles contributes to the relative autonomy and structural integrity of the legal system.’
      • ‘Metal also maintains its structural integrity even when wind speeds reach hurricane levels.’
      • ‘Freezing must be accomplished slowly and at a steady rate to maintain the structural integrity of the skin.’
      soundness, robustness, strength, sturdiness, solidity, solidness, durability, stability, stoutness, toughness
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    2. 2.2 Internal consistency or lack of corruption in electronic data:
      [as modifier] ‘integrity checking’
      • ‘A drive that's been idle for a while is powered on and exercised, while its data is checked for integrity.’
      • ‘Omitting database integrity checks can lead to corrupted data residing inside the database.’
      • ‘Also, like system backups, integrity checking is an important component of a larger plan.’
      • ‘Once your setup is working properly, run an integrity check via cron on a regular basis.’
      • ‘The hash output is called a digital signature and is used for data integrity.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in integrity): from French intégrité or Latin integritas, from integer intact (see integer). Compare with entirety, integral, and integrate.

Pronunciation:

integrity

/ɪnˈtɛɡrɪti/