Definition of integrity in English:

integrity

noun

mass noun
  • 1The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.

    ‘a gentleman of complete integrity’
    • ‘I knew him for years, travelled his country with him, and he was a man of strong character and integrity.’
    • ‘As such I would be looking for a long-term leader, someone with integrity and principles.’
    • ‘He has enormous integrity and a clear moral code that he abides by.’
    • ‘And this type of cruel activity tells a lot about the moral integrity of a person.’
    • ‘He was a man of strong character and integrity who liked to understand things for himself.’
    • ‘‘A point has come where my moral integrity is on trial and I have to do what I feel is right,’ he said.’
    • ‘That meant that he'd cease to have the same integrity on policy and principle: you need to compromise to win elections.’
    • ‘They felt that I was honest and full of integrity and business capabilities.’
    • ‘But Frist has a solid record of integrity and a strong record as a humanitarian.’
    • ‘However, honesty and integrity are not common traits to many, especially when the prize is irresistible.’
    • ‘The President also demanded loyalty, integrity, and honest and hard work from his men and women he had chosen to work with.’
    • ‘Every person has a responsibility to behave with integrity, honesty and fairness.’
    • ‘If the quality of integrity is absent in the person, how can it be present in his or her ideas?’
    • ‘Those who doubted, and they were few, spoke of a man of integrity with a strong commitment to republicanism.’
    • ‘While people may be sceptical about politicians who moralise, they are anxious to see them display integrity and principle.’
    • ‘Then again, integrity, honesty and character are not items that can be used to describe today's left.’
    • ‘May we instill in them the qualities of loyalty, integrity, and duty.’
    • ‘Parents should teach their children that honesty and integrity are traits that matter in life.’
    • ‘The nobility, integrity, and visionary qualities of the man are reflected in his music.’
    • ‘Leaders should not only speak with forthright approach, but base it on their own strong sense of integrity and will to work.’
    honesty, uprightness, probity, rectitude, honour, honourableness, upstandingness, good character, principle, principles, 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’
    • ‘An alliance with Britain would offer no guarantees with regard to territorial integrity of the Netherlands in Europe.’
    • ‘Territorial integrity of Bulgaria is not under danger, nor is that of most countries around the world.’
    • ‘We want an Iraq that preserves its territorial integrity, its unity and its sovereignty.’
    • ‘Yeltsin had made repeated overtures to the Chechens to preserve Russia's territorial integrity.’
    • ‘Ideas of territorial integrity and the ownership of territory are very strong.’
    • ‘The frame is braced with a steel support to preserve its integrity, and then the destructive fun begins.’
    • ‘Games which break the constitution, threaten national unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity will be banned.’
    • ‘If we want our own rights to bodily integrity preserved, we have no choice but to uphold hers.’
    • ‘A question has emerged on the territorial integrity of the country.’
    • ‘This includes controls which are in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety.’
    • ‘It therefore meant to undermine the territorial integrity of Greece.’
    • ‘His objective of subverting the unity and territorial integrity of India remains unchanged.’
    • ‘The key element is to preserve the activity and integrity of the specimen.’
    • ‘If the country's territorial integrity is to be respected, they must somehow work together.’
    • ‘The principle of maintaining the territorial integrity of states remained sacrosanct.’
    • ‘Note also its traditional reference to territorial integrity.’
    • ‘We shall respect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of all our neighbours.’
    • ‘The Paris treaty of Peace signed in 1946 secured Bulgaria's territorial integrity.’
    • ‘The negative consequences endanger Pakistan's integrity and solidarity.’
    • ‘Our constitution is a symbol of plurality, equality, justice, harmony, unity and integrity.’
    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’
      • ‘Our observations suggest that the structural integrity of the aircraft is compromised.’
      • ‘These require multiple layers of carbon-fiber tape to assure structural integrity.’
      • ‘Defects disrupting the structural integrity of a particular state will affect adjacent states.’
      • ‘I am no aviation expert but surely the inner window seal plays an important role in the structural integrity of the fuselage.’
      • ‘Speaking of weight, I sat and stood on the case to test its structural integrity.’
      • ‘But these shortcomings are easily put right and are no reflection on the car's basic integrity.’
      • ‘The pitch response is predictably quicker, but not so fast as to compromise its structural integrity.’
      • ‘Metal also maintains its structural integrity even when wind speeds reach hurricane levels.’
      • ‘Reliance on these principles contributes to the relative autonomy and structural integrity of the legal system.’
      • ‘There are concerns that the development of the waterfront will affect the structural integrity of nearby houses.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The reason that it becomes a problem is that infected wood loses its structural integrity.’
      • ‘It is also a good indicator of the general condition and structural integrity of the pavement condition.’
      • ‘The concrete serves to bond the polystyrene while providing limited structural integrity.’
      • ‘This is a minor technical issue that should not give anyone cause for concern about the structural integrity of their property.’
      • ‘These enhancements assure increased structural integrity in the event of an accident or rollover.’
      • ‘A curved bottom has greater structural integrity, just like an architectural arch or dome.’
      • ‘Shorter logs in the load do not affect the strength integrity, as long as the majority of the logs are the full trailer length.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘The hash output is called a digital signature and is used for data integrity.’
      • ‘Once your setup is working properly, run an integrity check via cron on a regular basis.’
      • ‘Omitting database integrity checks can lead to corrupted data residing inside the database.’
      • ‘A drive that's been idle for a while is powered on and exercised, while its data is checked for integrity.’
      • ‘Also, like system backups, integrity checking is an important component of a larger plan.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in integrity (sense 2)): from French intégrité or Latin integritas, from integer ‘intact’ (see integer). Compare with entirety, integral, and integrate.

Pronunciation

integrity

/ɪnˈtɛɡrɪti/