What does integrity mean?

Definitions for integrity
ɪnˈtɛg rɪ tiin·tegri·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. integrity, unity, wholeness(noun)

    an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting

    "the integrity of the nervous system is required for normal development"; "he took measures to insure the territorial unity of Croatia"

  2. integrity(noun)

    moral soundness

    "he expects to find in us the common honesty and integrity of men of business"; "they admired his scrupulous professional integrity"


  1. integrity(Noun)

    Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.

    Etymology: From integritas, from integer.

  2. integrity(Noun)

    The state of being wholesome; unimpaired

    Etymology: From integritas, from integer.

  3. integrity(Noun)

    The quality or condition of being complete; pure

    Etymology: From integritas, from integer.

  4. integrity(Noun)

    With regards to data encryption, ensuring that information is not altered by unauthorized persons in a way that is not detectable by authorized users.

    Etymology: From integritas, from integer.

  5. integrity(Noun)

    The ability of a system to provide timely warnings to users when they should not be used for navigation.

    Etymology: From integritas, from integer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Integrity(noun)

    the state or quality of being entire or complete; wholeness; entireness; unbroken state; as, the integrity of an empire or territory

  2. Integrity(noun)

    moral soundness; honesty; freedom from corrupting influence or motive; -- used especially with reference to the fulfillment of contracts, the discharge of agencies, trusts, and the like; uprightness; rectitude

  3. Integrity(noun)

    unimpaired, unadulterated, or genuine state; entire correspondence with an original condition; purity


  1. Integrity

    Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions. Integrity can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy, in that integrity regards internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs. The word "integrity" stems from the Latin adjective integer. In this context, integrity is the inner sense of "wholeness" deriving from qualities such as honesty and consistency of character. As such, one may judge that others "have integrity" to the extent that they act according to the values, beliefs and principles they claim to hold. A value system's abstraction depth and range of applicable interaction may also function as significant factors in identifying integrity due to their congruence or lack of congruence with observation. A value system may evolve over time while retaining integrity if those who espouse the values account for and resolve inconsistencies.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Integrity

    in-teg′ri-ti, n. entireness, wholeness: the unimpaired state of anything: uprightness: honesty: purity. [See Integer.]

Editors Contribution

  1. integrity

    The truth, sense of fairness and justness, honesty, transparency, ethics and morality expressed through our actions.

    Integrity is an important quality and is valued by all people.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'integrity' in Nouns Frequency: #2320

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of integrity in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of integrity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of integrity in a Sentence

  1. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy:

    Today is about more than the fairness of the impeachment process. It is about the integrity of our electoral process, the Democrats are trying to impeach the President because they are scared they can't defeat him at the ballot box. This impeachment is not only an attempt to undo the last election -- it is an attempt to influence the next one, too.

  2. Dean Brough:

    I took her out the last time to see the house before it sold. And she was, yes, that's how it is, we have to sell, it's pleasing that people who bought the house are obviously quite interested in the integrity and the history of the house.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    It's only a man/woman of integrity that can/will be principled for life. Oh! Yes, are you principled or not? Or rather are you a man/woman of integrity or not?

  4. Sam Erman:

    I've never met anyone with more integrity who was a straighter shooter than he was, he is very smart, careful and fair. He is careful smart and fair jurist.

  5. Elijah Cummings:

    When you've got integrity, which Rod Rosenstein has, you don't have to go figure out what a poll says, you just do what you know is right.

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