What does integrity signify?

When can I use it? integrity appears to be a noun, is there an adjective form of it by any chance?


for instance in this quote :

"No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are,

how you treat people tells all. Integrity is everything.

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  • 4 years ago
    Best Answer

    Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. It is generally a personal choice to uphold oneself to consistently moral and ethical standards.[1]

    In ethics, integrity is regarded by many people as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions. Integrity can stand in opposition to hypocrisy,[2] in that judging with the standards of integrity involves regarding internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding within themselves apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs.

    The word integrity evolved from the Latin adjective integer, meaning whole or complete.[3] 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 in a while,[4] while retaining integrity if those who espouse the values account for and resolve inconsistencies.[5]



  • Prasad
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    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.



  • 4 years ago

    Integrity is a difficult word to explain in actual terms. It really means "unity of whole", which is how it is often used in describing materials and structures ("Captain Kirk, any more of this and I cannot guarantee the hull integrity").

    As a personal characteristic, it means much the same thing, in the sense that a person behaves in a self-consistent manner (is not the type of person that would say "do as I say, not as I do"). Self-consistency tends to refer to moral and ethical ideals and actions. The person believes in truth and justice and thus behaves honestly and fairly (there is no conflict between what they pretend they are and who they truly are).

  • 4 years ago


    1 The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness: he is known to be a man of integrity

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    Those who doubted, and they were few, spoke of a man of integrity with a strong commitment to republicanism.

    I knew him for years, travelled his country with him, and he was a man of strong character and integrity.

    The nobility, integrity, and visionary qualities of the man are reflected in his music.

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    2 The state of being whole and undivided: upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty

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    We want an Iraq that preserves its territorial integrity, its unity and its sovereignty.

    Yeltsin had made repeated overtures to the Chechens to preserve Russia's territorial integrity.

    His objective of subverting the unity and territorial integrity of India remains unchanged.

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