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probity - vocabulary

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noun

Virtue or integrity tested and confirmed; honesty; the trait of having strong moral principles.

Once regarded as the model of probity, Mayor Bradley, now 71 years old, is under investigation by the City Attorney's Office for possible conflict of interest regarding the Far East deposit and other matters and by the Federal authorities in regard to his connection with Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc., the investment concern that has agreed to plead guilty to charges of financial fraud.

—Robert Reinhold “Soul-Searching at
Los Angeles TimesNew York Times, August 10, 1989

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