The word "integrity." Why there no adjectival form?
Why is there no adjectival form of the noun "integrity?" I have seen morphological similarities of the Latin root(integras, integritas, integratio,integrarae, etc.)but nothing helps answer my question. I have never seen the adjective for the word.
Webster's dictionary gives many definitions, all of which are nouns:
1. The quality or state of being of sound moral principle; uprightness,honesty, and sincerity.
2. The quality or state of being unimpaired; perfect condition; soundness.
3. The quality or state of being complete; unbroken in condition, wholeness, or entirety.
Is it is a restrictive aspect, wherein one either has integrity or does not, similar to the you're-either-pregnant-or-you're-not rule? Your logical answer would be appreciated!
Jul 26, 2012 - 4:31PM
Re: The word "integrity." Why there no adjectival form?
I've been thinking about this for a few days. I don't think there is one. I note that other grammar forums have had the same discussion and come to the same conclusion.