integrity

[in-teg-ri-tee]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. integration,
  2. integration by parts,
  3. integrationist,
  4. integrative bargaining,
  5. integrator,
  6. integument,
  7. integumentary,
  8. intel,
  9. intellect,
  10. intellection

Origin of integrity

1400–50; late Middle English integrite < Latin integritās. See integer, -ity

Synonym study

1. See honor.

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British Dictionary definitions for integrity

integrity

noun

adherence to moral principles; honesty
the quality of being unimpaired; soundness
unity; wholeness

Word Origin for integrity

C15: from Latin integritās; see integer

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Word Origin and History for integrity

integrity

n.

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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Medicine definitions for integrity

integrity

[ĭn-tĕgrĭ-tē]

n.

The state of being unimpaired; soundness or wholeness.

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