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rectitude

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noun rec·ti·tude \ˈrek-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Simple Definition of rectitude

  • : the quality of being honest and morally correct

Full Definition of rectitude

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being straight

  2. 2 :  moral integrity :  righteousness

  3. 3 :  the quality or state of being correct in judgment or procedure

Examples of rectitude

  1. <encouraged the graduates to go on to live lives of unimpeachable rectitude and integrity>

  2. <has a finely honed sense of rectitude that keeps him from cheating on exams>



Origin of rectitude

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin rectitudo, from Latin rectus straight, right


First Known Use: 15th century



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