Integrity is a personal quality of fairness that we all aspire to — unless you're a dishonest, immoral scoundrel, of course.

Having integrity means doing the right thing in a reliable way. It's a personality trait that we admire, since it means a person has a moral compass that doesn't waver. It literally means having "wholeness" of character, just as an integer is a "whole number" with no fractions. Physical objects can display integrity, too — if you're going over a rickety old bridge that sways in the wind, you might question its structural integrity.

Definitions of integrity

n an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting

“the integrity of the nervous system is required for normal development”
unity, wholeness
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the state of being complete and entire; having everything that is needed
incompleteness, rawness
the state of being crude and incomplete and imperfect
entireness, entirety, integrality, totality
the state of being total and complete
comprehensiveness, fullness
completeness over a broad scope
the state of being only a part; not total; incomplete
incompleteness of details
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the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n moral soundness

“he expects to find in us the common honesty and integrity of men of business”
“they admired his scrupulous professional integrity
complete and confirmed integrity; having strong moral principles
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honestness, honesty
the quality of being honest

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