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Definition an essential part or characteristic

Less commonly, Integral can refer to something that is contained within something else; or be used to refer to completeness, to integers, and to mathematical integration.
  • That was before China became an integral part of the world economy.
integral = essential
  • Coaching is integral to her leadership style.
  • integral = an essential characteristic
  • The National Guard is an integral part of U.S. armed services.
  • integral = essential
  • He had been trained since earliest childhood, since his earliest learning of language, never to lie. It was an integral part of the learning of precise speech.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • integral = necessary
  • Though she doesn't drink, her presence is an integral part of the Friday night rituals.
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • integral = an essential part or characteristic
  • I believe they are also an integral part of these programs, both school-based and law enforcement.
    Jaycee Lee Dugard  --  A Stolen Life
  • Elliot's been an integral part of everything.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • An investigation is already under way to sort out an integral part of this mess.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • He was a stript abstract; an unfractioned integral; uncompromised as a new-born babe; living without premeditated reference to this world or the next.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • No matter how we scorn it, kitsch is an integral part of the human condition.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • They have to be: they are an integral part of it.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Every one of our employees at Duck Commander had an integral role in getting the company to where it is today.
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • It filled her whole soul, had become an integral part of herself, and she no longer struggled against it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • My parents made visits to Disney World an integral part of their volunteer work.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Making love indeed became an integral part of our couplehood.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • He looks at it, pursing his lips into a thin line, and runs his hand across the wobbly cover-Theory and Problems of Differential and Integral Calculus.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • It had become an integral part of my strategy in defending him that I get him laughing at the opening tips and keep him giggling to the final whistle.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Though he was by no means an integral part of the stag-lines at these clubs, he managed to be on hand at dances where Judy Jones was likely to appear.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • The executive magistrate forms an integral part of the legislative authority.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • They are a part of life here, just as integral to my initiation as learning to fight.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent

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