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Is there an adjective form of "integrity"?
Wednesday August 8th 2012
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Is there an adjective form of "integrity"?
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Is there an adjective form of integrity, as in, “He is an integrous man”? If so, what is the correct spelling?   - A reader


Answer


No, there is no adjective form of integrity. You could use another adjective with a similar meaning, such as honorable, instead. Alternatively, you could use the noun integrity in a sentence like this, “She is a woman of integrity.” "A man/woman of integrity" is a common expression, and others will definitely understand it.

When you are looking for another form of a word that you know, for example, integrity, as a different part of speech, the best way to do this is to look up the word you know in the dictionary and look at the entries nearby. In Merriam-Webster's Learner’s Dictionary Online you can do this quickly by typing in the first few letters of the known word, for example, integ- and looking at the search suggestions that appear in the window.

 

I hope this helps.

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