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I'm looking for an adjective that means "full of integrity." I can only think of 'integruous' which is 100% made up. I regularly seek for this word when trying to identify people as having integrity, or decisions being made with integrity. For use in a sentence such as "She is a/n 'integrous' woman." Or "If you want to be more highly respected, ensure that your actions are 'integruous.'"

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    Would "virtuous" do? Meaning 2 in the link (MW) states "Morally excellent" - is that close enough? EDIT: Also, "probity" (MW) may be a very good fit. – Spratty Jan 13 '17 at 16:26
  • @Spratty You should post that as an answer. – Hank Jan 13 '17 at 16:37
  • @Hank - I would have done but for the life of me I cannot think of an adjectival form of "probity" which would have been my preferred answer. That's life, I suppose. – Spratty Jan 13 '17 at 16:51
  • I feel like virtuous has a moral quality that integrous lacks - and sometimes (such as in a business setting) it's better without the moral baggage. – J. Elek Jan 13 '17 at 17:23
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The first definition of integrity in wiktionary is

Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.

Therefore I think ethical fits. A person with integrity is an ethical person. If you want to be more highly respected, make ethical decisions.

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The word integrous exists since at least the 19th century, but according to Wiktionary:

Most speakers and writers opt for an etymologically unrelated synonym — such as honest, decent, or virtuous — when trying to express an adjectival equivalent of integrity.

My personal preference is upright.

  • I like this as the answer, let's bring back integrous! – J. Elek Jan 13 '17 at 17:21
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Merriam-Webster defines upstanding as "full of integrity".

You could also use principled, which is circularly defined as "characterized by principle"; and "principle", in turn, means "a rule or code of conduct" in this context.

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I think the most commonly employed form, and the one I prefer is simply person of integrity.

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