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It’s a small word, but what does it really mean?

Merriam Webster:

1: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values: INCORRUPTIBILITY

2: an unimpaired condition: SOUNDNESS

3: the quality or state of being complete or undivided : COMPLETENESS

Cambridge Dictionary: (In relevant part)

Approving the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles that you refuse to change

No one doubted that the president was a man of the highest integrity.

sb's artistic, professional, etc. integrity approving

Someone's high artistic standards or standards of doing their job, and that person's determination not to lower those standards:

Keen to preserve his artistic integrity, he refused several lucrative Hollywood offers.

Lord Fletcher, said the Bishop, was a man of unimpeachable integrity and character.

His comments cast a slur on the integrity of his employees.

Her probity and integrity are beyond question.

I had credited them with more integrity than they showed.

He was regarded as a man of absolute integrity.


As used in statutes prescribing the qualifications of public officers, trustees, etc., this term means soundness or moral principle and character, as shown by one person dealing with others in the making and performance of contracts, and fidelity and honesty in the discharge of trusts; it is synonymous with “probity,” “honesty,” and “uprightness.”

Paul Manigrasso:

I think integrity is a force of character that wells up from within —especially when “no one is watching.”

I think integrity can be learned — and perhaps even taught —depending on one’s inner disposition, prior formative experiences, and appropriate environment.

I think integrity is deeply personal, at the level of one's religion, and helps us to determine who we are, as individuals and, as part of society.

I think integrity, unlike matter, can be created or destroyed by both environment and circumstance.

I’ve met many who claim integrity, and indeed exhibit it, until circumstance creates a personal or business hardship requiring “just this once” or “everyone else does it” theories of justification.

I think integrity can be dreadfully inconvenient if you are in the wrong profession, in the wrong company, or at the wrong level. The temptation to discard integrity manifests itself increasingly as you climb organizational ranks in some corporate settings.

My point is, that I’m an idealist; I really love what I’m doing right now. I believe that now that I am a card-carrying “officer of the court,” I have a public trust to uphold the rule of law and our system of justice to the best of my ability, even in our adversarial system. The ability to serve my clients with accuracy, loyalty, and integrity means everything to me. It’s good for my clients as well.

Dear Clients:

You will be honest and forthright.

You will eliminate current unethical practices.

You will admit previous problems with candor.

In return,

I will be loyal and responsive.

I will serve you to the best of my ability.

I will serve you with the highest integrity.

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