integrity

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
  1. noun
    an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
    “the integrity of the nervous system is required for normal development”
    synonyms: unity, wholeness
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    completeness
    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
    partialness
    the state of being only a part; not total; incomplete
    sketchiness
    incompleteness of details
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    state
    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  2. noun
    moral soundness
    “he expects to find in us the common honesty and integrity of men of business”
    “they admired his scrupulous professional integrity
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    probity
    complete and confirmed integrity; having strong moral principles
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    honestness, honesty
    the quality of being honest
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