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In*teg"ri*ty (?), n. [L. integritas: cf. F. int'egrit'e. See Integer, and cf. Entirety.]

1.

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

Sir T. More.

2.

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.

The moral grandeur of independent integrity is the sublimest thing in nature. Buckminster.

Their sober zeal, integrity. and worth. Cowper.

3.

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

Language continued long in its purity and integrity. Sir M. Hale.

Syn. -- Honesty; uprightness; rectitude. See Probity.

 

© Webster 1913.