Fidelity Fi*del"i*ty, n. [L. fidelitas: cf. F. fid['e]lit['e]. See {Fealty}.] Faithfulness; adherence to right; careful and exact observance of duty, or discharge of obligations. Especially: (a) Adherence to a person or party to which one is bound; loyalty. [1913 Webster]

Whose courageous fidelity was proof to all danger. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The best security for the fidelity of men is to make interest coincide with duty. --A. Hamilton. (b) Adherence to the marriage contract. (c) Adherence to truth; veracity; honesty. [1913 Webster]

The principal thing required in a witness is fidelity. --Hooker.

Syn: Faithfulness; honesty; integrity; faith; loyalty; fealty. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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